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Senate rejects effort led by Rand Paul to sunset war authorizations

Senate rejects effort led by Rand Paul to sunset war authorizations

Paul argued that the AUMF was wrongly been used to authorize seven distinct wars, and that repealing it would force Congress to debate specific authorizations for specific wars as an alternative.

Paul's amendment would have placed a six-month sunset on the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force originally meant to green-light the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq following the 9/11 attacks.

On the Senate floor Tuesday, Paul argued that the current war against ISIS and Al Qaeda across the Middle East was illegal, and Congress should reassert its authority to declare war from the Executive Branch. "Senator Paul's amendment, had it been approved, would have provided the much-needed push for Congress to uphold its constitutional duty to authorize war, and to limit the use of extraordinary wartime powers to kill and detain". Congress would have had to act in that time to draft and pass a new authorization, known as an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). It's time to cancel the blank check. "Once in the White House, however, President Obama bombed 7 different countries without Congressional authority", Paul said. Opponents said they anxious Congress would not approve a new law in the six-month window.

The vote came after Monday marked the 16th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Se. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) questions state insurance commissioners during a hearing on the individual health insurance market for 2018 on Capitol Hill last week.

Sixty-one senators voted to reject Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., who proposed a revised AUMF with Sen. The upper legislative chamber voted 61-36 Wednesday to table Paul's amendment.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hear from State and Treasury Department officials on USA policy options to support democracy in Venezuela at 10 a.m.at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, room 419. He opposed Paul's amendment.

"By telling the American people one thing, which was not true, about the progress in the war and the body counts, it caused a wave of pessimism to go across this country", the Vietnam veteran said. "I'd rather do it in a deliberative fashion".

But Paul may not be victorious in the outcome, after several senators who support drafting a new AUMF spoke against Paul's effort to set a high-stakes deadline. "I think we're getting there".

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Three Republicans - Paul, Utah Sen. Susan Collins introduced an amendment on Monday that would push back on President Donald Trump's proposed transgender ban by blocking the Trump administration from discharging service members exclusively on the basis of their gender identity.

Let's hear from those who want that blanket authorization and wish to keep the policy of perpetual war going.

"And Sen. Tom Cotton has proposed an amendment that would end the sequestration budget caps for both defense and non-defense spending, which as now written would prevent the Pentagon's proposed $54 billion budget increase from taking shape".