A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill on Wednesday to repeal two military authorizations, effectively curbing President BidenJoe Biden Chief of the Intercept Office: Minimum wage was not a ‘high priority’ for Biden in COVID-19 relief South Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative method of execution Obama’s student, Seth Harris, to serve as employment advisor to Biden: report MOREwar powers.
The bill, spearheaded by Sens. Tim kaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineNight Defense: Tim Kaine Moves To Regain Authority Of War Powers | Study on Sexual Harassment and Assault in the Army Biden Tells Senate Democrats to Stand Together and Quickly Pass Coronavirus Relief Kaine Plans New Boost to War Powers After Biden’s Attack in Syria MORE (D-Va.) And Todd youngTodd Christopher Young Senate Considers Changes To .9 Trillion Coronavirus Bill Graham: Trump Will Be ‘Helpful’ To All Republican Rulers In Senate Biden Signs Supply Chain Order After ‘Positive’ Meeting With Lawmakers (R-Ind.), I would revoke the 1991 and 2002 authorizations for the use of military force (AUMF), which refer to Iraq.
The bill comes as lawmakers have expressed frustration at the lack of consultation with Congress on the US attacks last week in Syria, marking the first known military action ordered by Biden. The administration did not cite any authorization for those actions.
“Last week’s airstrikes in Syria show that the executive branch, regardless of party, will continue to expand its war powers,” Kaine said in a statement.
“I call on Congress to quickly adopt this measure and for the Biden Administration to support it to finally show the American people that the Article I and II arms can work together on these issues,” he added.
Young added that Congress has been “operating on automatic pilot” when it comes to authorizing military force.
“Congress should not shy away from this debate and I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to advance this important legislation,” he added.
In addition to Kaine and Young, Sens. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy Duckworth NIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats Reintroduce Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality by 2050 | Kerry Pressures Oil Companies to Address Climate Change | Biden Delays Transfer of Sacred Lands to Copper Mine Pro-Choice Caucus Calls on Biden to Remove Abortion Fund Restrictions from 2022 Budget Duckworth Calls for Declassification of Russian Rewards Intelligence MORE (Dill.), Mike leeMichael (Mike) Shumway Lee NIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats Reintroduce Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality by 2050 | Kerry Pressures Oil Companies to Address Climate Change | Biden Delays Transfer of Sacred Lands to Copper Mine Republican Senators Question Amazon About Removal of Book on ‘Transgender Moment’ Judicial Committee Gives Green Light to Garland AG Nomination MORE (R-Utah), Chris CoonsChris Andrew Coons Khashoggi’s Fiancée: Failure to punish Saudi Crown Prince would ‘tarnish our humanity’ Republican Party Says Ron Klain Pulls Strings of Biden Pompeo: Release of Khashoggi’s Report by Biden Administrator ‘Reckless’ MORE (D-Del.), Chuck grassleyChuck Grassley FBI Director Faces Legislators’ Frustration Over Capitol Violation Padilla Has’ A Big Chuck Taylors To Fill ‘To Replace Harris Judiciary Committee Gives Garland’s AG Nomination MORE (R-Iowa), Dick durbinDick Durbin Biden’s Coronavirus Relief Bill Tests Narrow Hillicon Valley Democrat Majority: Senate Confirms Biden Commerce Secretary Elected Gina Raimondo | Wray Hints at Federal Response to SolarWinds Hack | Virginia Governor Signs Comprehensive Data Privacy Act Wray Hints at Federal Response to SolarWinds Hack MORE (D-Ill.) And Rand paulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate Confirms Rouse as Biden’s Chief Economist Overnight Healthcare: 50 Million Coronavirus Vaccines Administered | Pfizer News | Rand Paul, Biden Health Nominees, Criticized for Questioning MORE Transgender Health Nominee (R-Ky.) They are backing the bill.
Senators have tried for years to reform or repeal existing military authorizations, but the legislation has been stalled by partisan divisions on Capitol Hill or by maneuvering between the executive and legislative branches.
Kaine said he briefed the White House during a call this week about his bill. He noted that while they made no commitments, they seemed “really willing to participate.”