The Senate is on course to vote on Wednesday on legislation written by Sen. Rand Paul that would repeal the 2001 and 2002 war resolutions. In the works is an another vote that would table or even kill Paul’s amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. Paul’s bill is focused on repealing the two authorizations for the use of military force which provided the legal foundation for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It also included authorization for military action in five other countries.
Paul’s amendment would end both war authorizations six months after the bill became law. Paul has used his senate strong arm to get his legislation on the floor. He blocked procedural attempts to speed up debate on the annual defense policy legislation, and he also threatened to block all other Senator’s amendments from receiving votes if the Senate leadership didn’t allow his bill a vote.
Paul’s legislation has the support of both parties, including Democratic senators Tim Kaine of Virginia and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois. They both challenge that a vote on war powers is well overdue. But the Rand amendment will also get strong opposition from those who say they do not want to end the authorization without a plan of replacement. They also do not want to use the massive defense spending bill as a covering for the amendment.
Paul said on Tuesday from the Senate floor that the missions for which the war resolutions were passed are “long since over.” He continued, “I don’t think that anyone with an ounce of intellectual honesty believes that these authorizations from 16 years ago and 14 years ago … authorized war in seven different countries.”
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