Amendment to Sunset War Authorizations Fails

Sep 14, 2017

Senator Rand Paul spoke in favor of his amendment “that would have allowed war authorizations, created in the wake of al-Qaida’s 9/11 strikes, to lapse after six months.” Senator Paul is seeking new and updated authorizations for military operation is Iraq, Syria, Yemen and in other countries. During a floor debate, Senator Paul pointed out that the White House is using the original war authorizations as a basis to extend the war to other countries that “Congress never voted to support.” Senators who opposed the amendment agreed that Congress needs to pass a new authorization. However, the senators disagreed with Paul’s approach. “’You can't replace something with nothing. And we have nothing,’ said Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee.” Senator Bob Corker agreed that Congress needs to pass legislation for a new war authorization and pledged that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee would do so soon. Senator Paul’s amendment was defeated 61 to 36.