Biden’s got some headaches in the Senate. After his recent strikes in Syria, there is now a consensus growing among members of both sides of the aisle in the Senate to strip Biden of his ability to use military force:
REUTERS – U.S. senators introduced bipartisan legislation on Wednesday to repeal decades-old authorizations for the use of military force used to justify years of attacks in the Middle East, an effort to shift back the authority to declare war to Congress from the White House.
The measure, led by Democratic Senator Tim Kaine and Republican Senator Todd Young, would repeal 1991 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iraq, citing the “strong partnership” between Washington and the government in Baghdad.
The bill’s introduction came a week after Democratic President Joe Biden’s administration carried out air strikes against facilities belonging to Iranian-backed militia in Syria that renewed questions about whether a president should be able to conduct such actions without congressional approval.
Tensions have been rising with Iran, after strikes in the region blamed on Tehran.
“Last week’s airstrikes in Syria show that the Executive Branch, regardless of party, will continue to stretch its war powers,” Kaine said in a statement.
Members of Congress from both parties have sought repeatedly to repeal the AUMFs in recent years, but efforts have fallen short.
According to the article, the Democrat sponsors of the bill are Senators Tim Kaine, Tammy Duckworth, Chris Coons and Dick Durbin.
Republican sponsors of the bill are Senators Todd Young, Mike Lee, Chuck Grassley and Rand Paul.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about Democrats wanting to curb Biden’s military powers. While they may be worried about him, we know that this is even more so about Trump. If they can block it for Biden, they can block it for Trump or other Republicans in the future.