Senate Defeats Measure to Repeal AUMF


"I don't think the resolution in 2001 has anything to do with the seven different wars that we're involved in now", Paul, who introduced the repeal bill, told MSNBC. This was the first time in 15 years the full Senate has voted on Congress' role in initiating war.

Paul's amendment would have gone into effect six months after the NDAA became law so the lawmakers could go home "to hear from the American people and thoroughly debate granting any new, specific authority".

The Senate voted 61 to 36 on Wednesday to table Senator Paul Rand's (R-KY) amendment to the 2018 NDAA, which would have repealed the 2001 and 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).

The post-9/11 AUMF has been interpreted broadly by U.S. presidents as allowing unlimited war-making powers against anything even loosely described as "terror." Sen. Other senators have filed amendments to allow for a round of military base closures and to increase parental leave for service members.

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Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., the ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said lawmakers have the responsibility to debate because the 2001 authorization passed nearly unanimously to fight the perpetrators of 9/11 in Afghanistan no longer applies to military operations 16 years later. "I was voting for the longest war in the history of the united States of America, a war that continues to this day in Afghanistan", said Durbin.

Though senators are expected to approve small tweaks to the bill, it is not clear that any of the several amendments will earn enough support to be adopted.

"Sen. Paul's amendment gives us that opportunity by saying the '01 and '02 authorizations need to end", Cardin said. Bipartisan amendment would block transgender ban Senators unveil bipartisan effort to block Trump's transgender ban MORE (R-Ariz.) left for chemotherapy for brain cancer, but Paul blocked that from happening. Paul is not alone in wanting to revisit the controversially expansive war powers resolutions to the National Defense Authorization Act, but he is the only legislator so far who has threatened to halt the $700 billion dollar act until his proposals for reform are addressed. The Republican leader called on regional powers to step up their contribution to the USA -led battle against the Taliban and the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in Afghanistan. Jeff Flake of Arizona to draft a new war authorization, says he's likely to back Paul's amendment. The 2001 AUMF has already been used far beyond its original objective of authorizing force against those responsible for the 9/11 attacks.