Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Endless War Continues as Senate Kills Effort to Repeal 2001 Authorization

Endless War Continues as Senate Kills Effort to Repeal 2001 Authorization

While Paul's desire to place war powers back into the hands of legislators has been shared by the likes of Democratic Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia and Republican Senator Jeff Flake from IL, both have expressed a preference for doing so in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, rather than imposing a deadline on Congress, The Washington Post reported.

The vote on tabling the amendment isn't necessarily indicative of where senators would've voted on Sen. The amendment repealed the Authorization for Use of Military Force and the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.

The vote on Wednesday was 61-36 to scuttle Paul's amendment that would have let the current authorizations expire after six months, giving Congress time to craft a new one. What we have today is basically unlimited war - war anywhere, anytime, any place on the globe.

"We have fought the longest war in USA history under an original authorization to go after the people who attacked us on 9/11", said Paul on the Senate floor Wednesday morning. This vote will be to sunset, in 6 months, the 2001 and 2002 authorizations for the use of military force.

The post-9/11 AUMF has been interpreted broadly by United States presidents as allowing unlimited war-making powers against anything even loosely described as "terror." Sen.

Paul managed to gather support from Democrats. Jeff Flake of Arizona to draft a new war authorization, says he's likely to back Paul's amendment.

Sen. Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat who has joined forces with Arizona Republican Sen.

"I'm inclined to support it, because I think it will encourage the foreign relations committee to really grapple the Flake-Kaine AUMF", Kaine told CNN. Chris Murphy (D-CT) sided with Paul.

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. "That we don't today have clear authorization from Congress to pursue the military campaign against ISIS".

"I think it is way past time, way past time, for Congress to take this up and for everybody to be on the record", he said.

Despite the failure, Win Without War director Stephen Miles argues that the vote "shows that momentum is building to cancel the president's blank check for endless war", adding that "it's clear that our representatives in Congress are beginning to recognize that after almost two decades, the conflicts we are now fighting have a tenuous connection to the laws that are used to authorize them". Paul's actual amendment. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) agreed we need a new AUMF, but not with Paul's plan. Sen.

Kaine and Flake are pressing the foreign relations committee to mark up their authorization, and the committee had Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson brief them on the issue last month.

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