Rand Paul of Kentucky led a bipartisan group in demanding a new authorization.
"If Congress can't even be bothered to vote on whether we should be in war, then we have no business sending young men and women to die fighting in it", Miles concluded.
Speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday, Paul said, "I rise today to oppose unauthorized, undeclared, and unconstitutional war". Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who tweeted that "Congress owes our troops and their families a full debate to authorize the sue of military force before we send them into harm's way".
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.
The first of the significant amendments to come up for a vote will be a proposal from Sen.
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"For the first time in 16 years, I'm advocating we should vote on whether or not we should be at war", Paul said.
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". Other senators have filed amendments to allow for a round of military base closures and to increase parental leave for service members. 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.
This vote is far from the end of this debate.
Senator Paul's amendment was tabled by a vote of 61-36.
Paul says inaction by Congress is letting the White House unilaterally commit the nation to war. Mike Lee and Dean Heller joining Paul for the Republicans. John McCain (R-AZ) called the amendment "premature" and "irresponsible", however he expressed a need for an updated AUMF that is specific to the fight against ISIS. Dick Durbin, who argued that when he initially voted for the authorization, he did not vote for endless war.
In 2001, former US President George W. Bush signed the AUMF to authorize the use of the US armed forces against "those responsible for the attacks of September 11, 2001, and any associated forces", according to the resolution.