Authorization for Iraq, Afghanistan Wars Averts Challenge

US Senate votes against amendment to stop endless war

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) (C) returns to his office after bringing the Senate into session at the Capitol July 31, 2017 in Washington, DC.

"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.

The majority of support for the amendment came from Democrats, who joined Paul in arguing that it is long past time for Congress to debate a new authorization for the use of force.

The US Senate is scheduled to vote on legislation aimed at repealing the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), a resolution which was adopted shortly after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, Senator Rand Paul said in an interview on Wednesday.

The vote on tabling the amendment isn't necessarily indicative of where senators would've voted on Sen. US Senators just voted for endless war.

"No one with an ounce of intellectual honesty believes these authorizations allow current wars we fight in seven countries", he said.

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Paul's amendment likely faces an uphill climb to be adopted onto the defense bill, as many lawmakers have expressed concern about repealing the authorization the U.S. military uses to fight ISIS and Al Qaeda without first replacing it. Jeff Flake of Arizona to draft a new war authorization, says he's likely to back Paul's amendment.

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.

Those who opposed brining Paul's amendment for a full vote said the idea had not gone through the proper process, with a full debate and markup period. Sen. Mike Lee and Dean Heller joining Paul for the Republicans. 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.

Bob Corker (R-TN) moved to table (kill) the amendment, forcing an immediate vote.

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.

The U.S. military has been operating under the legal authority that Congress endorsed some 16 years ago after the September 11 attacks. John McCain (R-AZ) called the amendment "premature" and "irresponsible", however he expressed a need for an updated AUMF that is specific to the fight against ISIS.

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