The United States Senate voted Wednesday to kill an amendment by Sen. Rand Paul that would have repealed the 14-year and 16-year-old Authorizations of Use of Military Force in Iraq and Afghanistan, which have been used by three different Presidents to launch wars in seven countries without the constitutionally-required approval of Congress.
Had the amendment been passed, the Senate could take up debate on the wars in those two countries and adopt new strategies and goals.
“Today’s vote can be seen as a proxy vote for the Constitution. Today’s vote is not really a vote for or against any particular war,” said Paul before the vote. “Today’s vote is simply a vote on whether we will obey the Constitution. Today’s vote is a vote on whether Congress will step up and do its job.”
The vote to kill Paul’s amendment and continue the wars without review or debate was 61-36.
Here’s how senators voted.
YEA (To kill Paul’s amendment): 61
Cortez Masto (D-NV)
NAY (To not kill the amendment): 36
Van Hollen (D-MD)
NOT VOTING: 3