(FreedomBeacon.com)- For the second time in his administration, last weekend President Biden ordered airstrikes targeting Iranian-backed militias in Syria and Iraq.
Unlike previous administrations which tended to cite the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) to justify similar strikes, the White House cited executive War Powers under Article II of the Constitution to justify Sunday’s airstrike.
But after Sunday’s strikes, lawmakers on Capitol Hill have decided it is time to rein in the President’s unchecked executive war powers.
This week, the House of Representatives voted to repeal two war authorizations that have been in place for decades – the 1957 AUMF and the 1991 AUMF. Both war authorizations grant the president broad discretion in military operations conducted in the Middle East without needing to seek congressional approval.
The measure to repeal these AUMFs passed by a vote of 366-46 as part of a larger bill package.
In mid-June – two weeks before the recent airstrikes, the House voted 268-161 to repeal the 2002 AUMF that authorized the use of military force in Iraq.
And now, in light of last weekend’s airstrikes, the Senate is considering following the lead of the House and voting to repeal these AUMFs as well.
And while many Republicans oppose its repeal, Senator Rand Paul, who has since the start of his Senate career been advocating for limiting the President’s power to unilaterally wage war, wants to see these repeals happen.
Interestingly, the White House supports the repeal of the 2002 AUMF. But rather than show the Administration’s willingness to cede some of its war powers, it is more likely because, in reality, repeal of these war authorizations will have little or no impact on how Congress and the president collaborate on military operations.
This could explain why the White House cited Article II as the basis of its authorization of last weekend’s airstrikes. Article II of the Constitution allows the president to protect US service members in self-defense. Though whether or not last weekend’s airstrike could be considered an act of self-defense is up for debate.
On Tuesday, Senator Rand Paul sat down with One America News’ John Hines to discuss the ongoing debate on repealing the AUMF and what other steps are necessary to ensure that the era of endless wars comes to an end.
Watch it HERE.