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After 16 Years of War, Senate Finally Debates Need for War Debate

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Posted: Sep. 13, 2017 8:00 am Updated: Sep.

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.

Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), who voted against the amendment, said that an AUMF repeal without a new one ready to take its place would cause confusion. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who led the repeal effort.

"I think it is way past time, way past time, for Congress to take this up and for everybody to be on the record", he said.

Sen. Paul's amendment would have meant a six-month "sunset" on both the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs, providing a window during which to debate a newer, more specific AUMF.

"I rise today to oppose unauthorized, undeclared, and unconstitutional war", said Senator Paul. "It's about grabbing power back and saying this is a Senate prerogative".

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), a veteran of the Iraq War, also announced Tuesday that she would support Paul's measure. Congress would have had to act in that time to draft and pass a new authorization, known as an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). Debating a new AUMF would allow Congress to not only fulfill its duty, but to ensure that the United States' use of wartime authorities is subject to appropriate constraints.

"You can't replace something with nothing".

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The Senate on Wednesday killed an effort by Sen.

He said such a motion was crucial for spurring a renewed debate on the legality and constitutionality of the U.S.'s involvement in such conflicts. Dick Durbin, who argued that when he initially voted for the authorization, he did not vote for endless war.

Reed warned that the vote would lead allies and enemies to question the US commitment to fighting terrorism overseas. "Once in the White House, however, President Trump is escalating the war in Afghanistan just as President Obama did". USA troops are supporting a Saudi-led coalition that has been carrying out airstrikes in Yemen since March 2015. The 2002 AUMF authorized the war in Iraq.

The War Powers Resolution, enacted in 1973, requires the president to tell Congress he is sending US troops into combat and prohibits those forces from remaining for more than 90 days unless Congress has approved an authorization for military force.

A growing number of lawmakers argue that using the 2001 authorization is especially questionable for the campaign against Islamic State, which did not exist when it was passed, and fights against al Qaeda in Syria and elsewhere.

But Short said the administration was not looking for changes and stood by the 2001 authorization.

After 16 Years of War, Senate Finally Debates Need for War Debate