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Paul threatens to block defense bill amendments

Paul threatens to block defense bill amendments”

The Senate voted Wednesday by almost two-to-one against an amendment from Sen.

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. "Today will be the first major vote we have, not necessarily on ending the wars... but on whether we should even vote on whether to continue war or end war".

Paul's amendment would have gone into effect six months after the NDAA became law so the lawmakers could go home "to hear from the American people and thoroughly debate granting any new, specific authority".

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), the author of the amendment, threatened to hold up passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, which sets forth the Pentagon's budget, unless the Senate voted on repealing the 2001 and 2002 authorizations for the use of military force (AUMF) for the wars against al Qaeda, the so-called Islamic State and the Taliban.

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The post-9/11 AUMF has been interpreted broadly by United States presidents as allowing unlimited war-making powers against anything even loosely described as "terror." Sen.

Senator Paul's amendment was tabled by a vote of 61-36.

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. "That war is long since over". A substantial number of Democrats joined Republicans in defeating the measure, which is significant given Congress' years-long reluctance to go on record on the matter of war. Jeff Flake of Arizona to draft a new war authorization, says he's likely to back Paul's amendment. Bipartisan amendment would block transgender ban Senators unveil bipartisan effort to block Trump's transgender ban MORE (R-Ariz.) left for chemotherapy for brain cancer, but Paul blocked that from happening.

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.

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Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin of IL and Kamala Harris of California have proposed an amendment to protect military personnel who are recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) authorization.

Among those critical of the amendment were Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), John McCain (R-AZ), and Bob Corker (R-TN).

The U.S. military has been operating under the legal authority that Congress endorsed some 16 years ago after the September 11 attacks.

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