Senate votes to kill an amendment that would repeal the 2001 AUMF

Senate Rejects Paul Bid to Quit ‘Endless War

Senate Rejects Paul Bid to Quit ‘Endless War

In 2001, former US President George W. Bush signed the AUMF to authorize the use of the US armed forces against "those responsible for the attacks of September 11, 2001, and any associated forces", according to the resolution.

"If Congress can't even be bothered to vote on whether we should be in war, then we have no business sending young men and women to die fighting in it", Miles concluded. "That war is long since over, the war has long since lost its goal, and its long time we had a debate in Congress over whether we should be at war or not".

But Paul could find support in both parties from the corner of the Capitol that has been pressing for a new war authorization since the USA began military operations against ISIS in 2014.

The Trump administration has asserted that it has the authority it needs to conduct the war on terror, and many lawmakers say that is sufficient. He said such a motion was crucial for spurring a renewed debate on the legality and constitutionality of the U.S.'s involvement in such conflicts.

Paul wanted Congress to "reassert its authority to declare war from the Executive Branch".

Speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday, Paul said, "I rise today to oppose unauthorized, undeclared, and unconstitutional war".

The Afghanistan War is the nation's longest-running war.

In the House, the appropriations committee approved an amendment from California Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee to repeal the 2001 AUMF, but House Republican leaders used a procedural tactic to strip the amendment before the defense appropriations bill passed on the floor. Trump previously criticized the country's involvement in Afghanistan, calling on his predecessor to withdraw US troops. 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. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to the defense authorization bill.

In Iraq, the USA has also struggled to stabilize the country since overthrowing Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who tweeted that "Congress owes our troops and their families a full debate to authorize the sue of military force before we send them into harm's way". Other senators have filed amendments to allow for a round of military base closures and to increase parental leave for service members.

"That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of global terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons".

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