Senate rejects bipartisan push for new USA war authorization

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Nearly 16 years to the day it was first passed, the Senate voted to table an amendment by Sen.

"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. Senator McCain, for instance, agreed that the time to pass a new AUMF had come, but argued that consideration of a new war authorization should be done under regular order with a full debate and amendment process. Rand Paul's (R-KY) amendment to repeal the 2001 and 2002 war authorizations that have allowed the USA military "to fight terrorism across the globe" in everlasting wars.

Paul introduced his amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). And it's a long time that - and it's long time we have a debate in congress over whether we should be at war or not.

Trump announced last month a new strategy for the U.S.'s war in Afghanistan, one in which the US would no longer focus on "nation-building", but simply "killing terrorists". John McCain, R-Ariz., said many senators would probably support a new war authorization if given the chance.

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".

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

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Democrats comprised the bulk of the vote to support Paul's amendment, with Sens.

Paul's amendment would have been a six month sunset on the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs, the latter of which was a separate authorization for the war in Iraq.

This vote is far from the end of this debate.

In the House, the appropriations committee approved an amendment from California Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee to repeal the 2001 AUMF, but House Republican leaders used a procedural tactic to strip the amendment before the defense appropriations bill passed on the floor.

While he'd hoped this would bring in support not only from opponents of the war, but from hawks eager to get their votes on the record to authorize these many, effectively unauthorized wars, little support ultimately materialized. The 2001 AUMF authorized the president's use of "all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons" connected with the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

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