Paul asked. "Realize if we don't force these authorizations to expire, this war could go on forever".
"Repealing the 2001-2002 AUMFs without simultaneously passing a new authorization would be premature, it would be irresponsible and it would threaten the USA national security and it would inhibit our democracy-building efforts overseas", McCain said on the Senate floor before the vote. If lawmakers failed to do so, Paul said he would try to delay the passage of the $700 billion National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, set to take effect October 1.
"We have fought the longest war in USA history under an original authorization to go after the people who attacked us on 9/11", said Paul on the Senate floor Wednesday morning.
While Paul said he personally rejected the rationale behind the U.S.'s worldwide military intervention, the Kentucky senator told lawmakers Wednesday that passing his amendment would not necessarily end the country's involvement in wars overseas.
Despite the failure, Win Without War director Stephen Miles argues that the vote "shows that momentum is building to cancel the president's blank check for endless war", adding that "it's clear that our representatives in Congress are beginning to recognize that after almost two decades, the conflicts we are now fighting have a tenuous connection to the laws that are used to authorize them".
The U.S. Senate has voted to table Sen.
The post-9/11 AUMF has been interpreted broadly by United States presidents as allowing unlimited war-making powers against anything even loosely described as "terror." Sen. This vote will be to sunset, in 6 months, the 2001 and 2002 authorizations for the use of military force.
"No one with an ounce of intellectual honesty believes these authorizations allow current wars we fight in seven countries", he said.
Some of the more brazen advocates of war maintain the President can even fight war in perpetuity without any Congressional authority.
Sen. Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat who has joined forces with Arizona Republican Sen.
Those who opposed brining Paul's amendment for a full vote said the idea had not gone through the proper process, with a full debate and markup period. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Dick Durban (D-IL).
While the failure of the amendment doesn't preclude future efforts at passing new AUMFs to cover America's many wars, it makes such debate a less pressing matter. 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.
"I'm sympathetic to his concerns, but I don't think this is the way to go about it", Flake said.
The amendment received three no votes from Republicans: Paul himself, Sen. Bob Corker, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, on developing an authorization that can strike a balance between lawmakers who want a more restrictive authorization and those who want it to give more open-ended authority to the president.