The Senate voted Wednesday by almost two-to-one against an amendment from Sen.
"Today's debate is an important step toward repealing the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force, a bill that was enacted before three-quarters of today's Congress was even in office", said Human Rights First's Rita Siemion. Known as an Authorization for Use of Military Force or AUMF, the measure passed three days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and allows the president to go to war against people and countries responsible for the attacks as well as "associated forces". In response to Congress' move, which took place on the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that killed almost 3,000 people, Paul tweeted that he was looking to end US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and would "object to all procedural motions and amendments" until a vote was held. "I don't think one generation should bind another generation to war", he said.
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 USA began military operations against ISIS in 2014. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to put a six-month expiration date on the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs that the government cites as its legal basis for operations against extremist groups in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Paul, along with a number of other supporters from both political parties, has long criticized the scope of the resolutions.
The majority of support for the amendment came from Democrats, who joined Paul in arguing that it is long past time for Congress to debate a new authorization for the use of force.
Paul says inaction by Congress is letting the White House unilaterally commit the nation to war. The 2001 AUMF has already been used far beyond its original objective of authorizing force against those responsible for the 9/11 attacks.More news: IOC President downplays security fears surrounding 2018 Winter Olympics
"I'm inclined to support it, because I think it will encourage the foreign relations committee to really grapple the Flake-Kaine AUMF", Kaine told CNN.
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Sen.
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-AZ) agreed we need a new AUMF, but not with Paul's plan. Sen.
The U.S. Senate has voted to table Sen. But McCain, R-Ariz., said Wednesday that he is "guardedly optimistic" that the end product would be better as a result of the debate and the "spirited discussion, which the Senate is supposed to have".