An Increasingly Militaristic Donald Trump Gets a Pass From Congress On War Powers
An Increasingly Militaristic Donald Trump Gets a Pass From Congress on War Powers
The Senate on Wednesday declined to give Congress more authority and oversight over presidential war powers, defeating a measure that would have limited President Donald Trump’s ability to authorize military operations overseas.
By a vote of 61 to 36, the chamber killed an amendment from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) that would have scrapped the 2001 and 2002 authorizations for the use of military force, and would have, in turn, pressured Congress to draw up a new one within six months. Those authorizations have served as the primary legal basis for the United States’ foreign military incursions since the September 11 terror attacks.
The measure …