The Senate then voted to kill Paul's amendment, by a vote of 61-36. Rand Paul's bid to repeal congressional authorization for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan failed to get off the ground Wednesday, but more than a third of lawmakers showed their support for the Kentucky Republican's move. "Today will be the first major vote we have, not necessarily on ending the wars... but on whether we should even vote on whether to continue war or end war".
Speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday, Paul said, "I rise today to oppose unauthorized, undeclared, and unconstitutional war". Senator McCain, for instance, agreed that the time to pass a new AUMF had come, but argued that consideration of a new war authorization should be done under regular order with a full debate and amendment process.
Paul introduced his amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Cardin further argued that members of Congress "have a responsibility to specifically authorize the new threats that we have against our country and what military force is appropriate".
Trump announced last month a new strategy for the U.S.'s war in Afghanistan, one in which the US would no longer focus on "nation-building", but simply "killing terrorists". Mike Lee (R-UT), and Sen.
"The Constitution says Congress shall declare war, it doesn't say the president can go to war anywhere, anytime around the globe", he added.
"I don't think one generation should bind another generation to war", Paul said during an interview Wednesday on MSNBC.
The authorization, which was passed in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, is the legal justification for many US military engagements overseas, as part of what has been called the "global war on terror".
Paul says inaction by Congress is letting the White House unilaterally commit the nation to war. 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. The Republican leader called on regional powers to step up their contribution to the US -led battle against the Taliban and the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in Afghanistan. John McCain (R-AZ), were said to be concerned that new, specific AUMFs would limit to scope of America's wars, whereas the status quo is an AUMF that isn't directly applicable, and subsequently includes no direct limits that anyone is complying with.
Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin of IL and Kamala Harris of California have proposed an amendment to protect military personnel who are recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) authorization.
WASHINGTON ― The Senate on Wednesday rejected a proposal to repeal the sweeping authorizations for war passed by Congress in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.