A bipartisan push by Senators Todd Young and Tim Kaine has coalesced this week as they put forth a law that would remove Biden’s war powers after his Syrian airstrikes last week.
The law would repeal the authorization of military force as the president “sees fit” in the Middle East. The legislation is said to be a way to “end the Gulf and Iraq wars.”
Young (R-IN) and Kaine (D-VA) introduced the bill after Biden’s strikes against reported Iranian-backed proxies in Syria and after attacks on one Iraqi military base that contained American troops and civilians.
Lawmakers believe any military attacks in the region should go through Congress per the Constitution.
The bill would also repeal the 1991 and 2002 authorizations that resulted in what both parties are now calling “forever wars.”
“Last week’s Syrian airstrikes show that the presidency, regardless of which party is in charge, will continue to stretch its war-making powers,” Kaine said. “Lawmakers have a responsibility to not just vote to authorize any new actions, but to repeal older actions that are no longer needed.”
“Congress has been on autopilot when it comes to our duties of authorizing military force,” Young said. “The fact that authorizations for both wars are still active today is proof of our bipartisan failure to carry out our constitutionally-mandated role.”
Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chris Coons (D-DE), Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) all support the legislation put forth by Young and Kaine.