Senators Table Paul Amendment to 2018 NDAA

Senators Table Paul Amendment to 2018 NDAA

A spokesman for Senate Majority Mitch McConnell did not respond to confirm Paul's statement, but three Senate aides said a vote was likely on Paul's amendment.

The authorizations would be repealed six months after the amendment passes, with the hope being that would force Congress to vote on a new authorization before then.

Paul's amendment would have been a six month sunset on the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs, the latter of which was a separate authorization for the war in Iraq. In response to Congress' move, which took place on the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that killed almost 3,000 people, Paul tweeted that he was looking to end USA wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and would "object to all procedural motions and amendments" until a vote was held. US Senator Rand Paul believes that this legislation has bound the United States to long-running proxy wars around the globe. And it's a long time that - and it's long time we have a debate in congress over whether we should be at war or not.

But asked if he will object to every other amendment being taken up if his does not get a vote, Paul told reporters, "Yes".

Lawmakers who supported Paul cited concerns about the constitutionality of having an authorization that is loosely defined and that has extended into its second decade.

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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.

Rand Paul of Kentucky led a bipartisan group in demanding a new authorization.

Paul says inaction by Congress is letting the White House unilaterally commit the nation to war. The expansively interpreted law authorized military attacks against those responsible for 9/11 and "associated forces".

The U.S. Senate has voted to table Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Dick Durban (D-IL).

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. Paul, speaking in favor during the debate were Sens. But McCain, R-Ariz., said Wednesday that he is "guardedly optimistic" that the end product would be better as a result of the debate and the "spirited discussion, which the Senate is supposed to have". Jeff Flake (R-AZ) wants the amendment to go through the Foreign Relations Committee.

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