Se­nate re­jects bi­par­ti­san push for new US war au­tho­riza­tion

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - OPINION -

WASH­ING­TON » The Se­nate on Wed­nes­day re­jected a bi­par­ti­san push for a new war au­tho­riza­tion against the Is­lamic State and other ter­ror­ist groups, elect­ing to let the White House rely on a 16-year-old law passed af­ter the Sept. 11, 2001, at­tacks as the le­gal ba­sis to send U.S. troops into com­bat.

Se­na­tors voted 61-36 scut­tle an amend­ment to the an­nual de­fense pol­icy bill by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., that would have al­lowed war au­tho­riza­tions, cre­ated in the wake of al-Qaida’s 9/11 strikes, to lapse af­ter six months. Paul, a leader of the GOP’s non­in­ter­ven­tion­ist wing, said Congress would use the time to de­bate an up­dated war au­thor­ity for op­er­a­tions in Iraq, Syria, Ye­men and else­where be­fore the old ones ex­pired.

Paul crit­i­cized his col­leagues be­fore the vote, urg­ing them to em­brace their war-mak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity in­stead of sur­ren­der­ing power to the White House.

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