The Senate just blew Senator Rand Paul’s proposal to limit war powers on President Trump.
Senators voted 61-36 Wednesday to table an amendment from the Kentucky Republican to get rid of the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). TheHill reports:
The vote, which marks the first time the full Senate has held an AUMF vote since 2002, created strange political bedfellows. In addition to Paul, supporters of the bill included Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.).
“It’s been 16 yrs since Congress passed the existing AUMF after 9/11, but yr after yr, Congress refuses to re-examine this outdated policy. …It’s long past time for Congress to do right by our troops & the American people,” Warren said on Twitter, announcing her support.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who like Warren is seen as a possible White House candidate in 2020, added from the Senate floor that, “It’s time for us to sunset these authorizations. And I do think that we will be able with that pressure to be able to come up with a new authorization.”
But the measure faced long odds of being added to the NDAA, with leadership and key senators coming out against it ahead of the vote.
Both Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) came out in opposition to the measure.
“I agree that we need to take action on an AUMF. …I am all for updating. Our committee intends to do so,” Corker said.
Senators on both sides of the aisle have for years been pushing for Congress to hold a vote on whether they should sunset the 2001 or 2002 war authorizations, or pass a new AUMF to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
But deep policy and political divisions have repeatedly stymied congressional efforts.
As a result, the President will still enjoy the privileges previous administrations when it comes to using military force.
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Credit: The Hill