Senate Defeats Measure to Repeal AUMF

Lucy Bush
September 14, 2017

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 first of the significant amendments to come up for a vote will be a proposal from Sen.

After 15 years of no debate on the floor of the Congress since the last war authorization and 16 years of war-the longest in the nation's history-the U.S. Senate spent 45 minutes today at least debating the need for Congress to debate the terms of a new war authorization.

But Paul could find support in both parties from the corner of the Capitol that has been pressing for a new war authorization since the U.S. began military operations against ISIS in 2014. The repeal would not have taken effect until six months after the amendment's passage, however, to give Congress time to pass a new authorization for the use of military force.

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WASHINGTON ― The Senate on Wednesday rejected a proposal to repeal the sweeping authorizations for war passed by Congress in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Paul managed to gather support from Democrats.

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.

While Paul said he personally rejected the rationale behind the U.S.'s worldwide military intervention, the Kentucky senator told lawmakers Wednesday that passing his amendment would not necessarily end the country's involvement in wars overseas.

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Democrats comprised the bulk of the vote to support Paul's amendment, with Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona to draft a new war authorization, says he's likely to back Paul's amendment. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Dick Durban (D-IL).

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. "That war is long since over".

"No one with an ounce of intellectual honesty believes these authorizations allow current wars we fight in seven countries", he said. John McCain (R-AZ), were said to be concerned that new, specific AUMFs would limit to scope of America's wars, whereas the status quo is an AUMF that isn't directly applicable, and subsequently includes no direct limits that anyone is complying with.

Paul's Republican colleagues agree with his sentiments, but think his amendment is the wrong way to do it. Sen.

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