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Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., convened a hearing Wednesday that served as a platform to voice off concerns about expansion of executive war powers.
With witnesses including Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano and American Civil Liberties Union Deputy Director Christopher Anders, the gathering largely came together to condemn new Authorization for the Use of Military Force, or AUMF, legislation for a variety of reasons.
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Their philosophies were spread across the entire ideological spectrum, but there was sweeping consensus that the bill, proposed by Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., would consolidate military authority unilaterally behind the presidency, reducing any need for congressional approval to a professional courtesy. Citing examples of U.S. bombing in Libya and Syria under the Obama and Trump administrations, they all agreed the issue of congressional oversight is timely and bipartisan.
All lawmakers in attendance agreed with Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., who said, “In failing to assert our war powers we’ve effectively ceded them to the president … allowing us to blame him when things go wrong.”
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