Sen. Rand Paul blocked the Senate vote on a resolution passed by the House that would have formally broken the Senate with President Donald Trump’s Syria strategy up for a vote, The Hill reported.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer attempted to push the resolution forward on Thursday saying that “we’re in real trouble.”
“The most important thing we can do right now is send President Trump a message that Congress, the vast majority of Democrats and Republicans, demand he reverse course,” Schumer said.
While the resolution passed the House on Wednesday by a margin of 354-60 vote, all 60 of the votes against the resolution came from Republicans. Additionally, in the Senate, any senator can ask that a bill be voted on, but any one senator can block it, since it takes a unanimous vote to accept it.
Paul, who is a libertarian-leaning senator was the one to object to Schumer’s vote request, saying that they were attempting to go around the constitution with their movements.
“He should come to the floor and say that we are ready to declare war. We are ready to authorize force, and we are going to stick our troops in the middle of this messy, messy, five-sided civil war where we would be ostensibly opposed to the Turkish government that has made an incursion,” Paul said, according to The Hill.
The Kentucky senator argued that the resolution would do “nothing to fix the problem,” but Paul did offer a counter-proposal that would end the sales of arms to Turkey.
The resolution that was sponsored by Reps. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) in the Senate — “opposes the decision to end certain United States efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces in Northeast Syria,” and calls on Turkey to end it’s military action and the United States to protect Kurds by way of asking the White House “to present a clear and specific plan for the enduring defeat of ISIS.”
Written by Savannah Pointer.