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PostSubject: Rand Paul Proposes Defense Bill Amendment To Repeal War Powers   Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:47 pm

The U.S. Senate will hold a vote on an amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)†tomorrow. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) presented an amendment seeking to sunset the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMF). This will be the first time the Senate has held a vote regarding the AUMF since 2002.

The amendment would not only repeal the 2001 AUMF, but would also†repeal†the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.† The 2001 AUMF was†passed†in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, while the 2002 AUMF was passed in order to authorize the Iraq War.
The amendment would also require Congress to hold a vote to approve any future authorization of military force.†According†to Sen. Paul, most senators do not want to take any responsibility for Americaís ongoing wars, and would rather refuse to vote on authorizing any future wars.
If passed, it would be six months before the amendment would go into effect.
However, Sen. Paulís amendment has received little attention and support from other Senators on capitol hill. Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange,†pointed out†that some Senators who oppose Sen. Paulís amendment, receive tens of thousands of dollars in donations from defense contractors. For example, Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) has received†$50,200†from General Dynamics, and†$32,750†from Raytheon Co..
Another Senator who has come out against the amendment is Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). McCain, known for his hawkish personality, has received†$83,630†from General Electric,†$46,400†from BAE Systems,†$45,575†from Raytheon Co., and†$38,850†from General Atomics.
On Tuesday afternoon, Sen. Paulís bill gained the support of Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), an unlikely ally, who†stated†that he thought it was, ďÖway past time, way past time, for Congress to take this up and for everybody to be on the record.Ē
Other Senators have†announced†that they plan to vote in favor of Sen. Paulís amendment, including Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-ILL) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT). The amendment has seen a relatively small amount of support from the Democratic party.
Limited debate on Sen. Paulís amendment was allowed to take place Tuesday evening. However, while there is no formal time set for when the vote will take place, it is†expected†that it will occur late Wednesday morning.
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