This Week in War Powers News – October 25, 2019

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Sen. Kaine: ‘Absolutely Critical’ Congress Takes War Powers Back

The authorization for use of military force law passed in 2001 in the wake of the 9/11 attacks is not sufficient for covering fighting in Syria, and Congress, not the White House, should be responsible for declaring war there, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., said Tuesday.
“I introduced, actually I think it was in September or October of 2014, a specific anti-ISIS authorization for military force in Syria,” Kaine told CNN’s “New Day.” “I recognize that we need to battle ISIS and make sure they’re defeated, but I don’t think the vote that Congress cast in September of 2001 really covers the wide engagements the U.S. has all over the world.” Read more.

Democrats for Defunding
Illegal Yemen War

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and U.S. Representative Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) welcomed an extraordinary new effort by senior Obama Administration officials, constitutional scholars, Yemeni activists, progressive leaders, celebrities, and philanthropists to urge Congress to defund unauthorized U.S. military activities in Yemen. Read more.

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