Senators introduce bipartisan bill aimed at reining in Biden’s war powers

President Joe Biden’s recent order of airstrikes on targets in Syria has sparked a bipartisan pushback from lawmakers who were not consulted ahead of time.

Now, U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Todd Young (R-IN) have introduced a bill that would repeal authorizations of military force in the Middle East, which could have the result of reigning in the president’s war powers, as Breitbart reports.

“Bipartisan failure”

Critics of those authorizations for Middle East military conflicts have long argued that they have been stretched far beyond their intended and legitimate scope.

Specifically, the bipartisan proposal targets the 1991 and 2002 authorizations of military force in Iraq, according to Reuters. It is also co-sponsored by Sens. Chris Coons (D-DE), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Mike Lee (R-UT).

“The fact that authorities for both of these wars are still law today is illustrative of the bipartisan failure of Congress to perform its constitutionally-mandated oversight role,” Young said.

For its part, the Biden administration framed last week’s strike as a “defensive” move in retaliation for an attack in Iraq that killed a civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member. While Biden had some establishment support who lauded it as “carefully calibrated,” critics maintained that it was anything but.

In his statement, Kaine said: “Last week’s airstrikes in Syria show that the executive branch, regardless of party, will continue to stretch its war powers.”

“No longer necessary”

The Virginia senator went on to argue that lawmakers have “a responsibility to not only vote to authorize new military action, but to repeal old authorizations that are no longer necessary.”

Of course, some legislators on the other side of the aisle — including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) — roared with approval even as a handful of Biden’s fellow Democrats spoke out against his military move.

“Our ability to engage in constitutional actions does not diminish when the party in power is ours,” Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) insisted.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) also voiced his opposition, asserting that even though Biden “has a responsibility to defend the people of the United States,” the Constitution gives Congress “the authority to declare war.”

Even as Biden had still not briefed senators on the strike, the White House indicated on Wednesday that the administration might initiate a military response to an attack on an Iraqi base that left one U.S. contractor dead.

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  1. Biden can’t address Congress, The Media or the American People. He can’t remember what kind of pudding he had for lunch. So no questions, ever.

    1. It is a shame that Biden’s family and his political followers have exploited this senior who has dementia. I believe it falls under elder abuse. This person is in charge of the USA. What kind of political game is this?? It’s a sad day that people in this country have stooped this low.

    2. I would love to see questions as they would show in plain sight the extent of Biden’s dementia loud and clear. Then maybe something would be done about it. Having him where he is – is elder abuse.

  2. The Dems wanted Control and we had a Illegal Election thanks to Pelosi and Schumer…
    The Supreme Court is controlled by Justice Roberts and he’s a closet Democrats, and there are rumors out there about him on a airplane….

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  4. It is hard to say if Biden can even remember that he ordered airstrikes in Syria. For all we know, he might have dreamed up having to order airstrikes and proceeded to do so. It is extremely early in his presidency, and already he is making reckless war powers decisions that critically impact and compromise the safety and security of our nation, it makes sense that he has to be monitored and controlled as his cognitive thinking process is obviously in question.

  5. That is Hilarious! Has any POTUS ever been in the WH and NOT be the Commander In Chief of the United States Military? That would be proof he is a Puppet on someone’s String. Right?

  6. who would put the trigger in Buffoon Biden’s hand anyway.
    the American people elected Trump the winner is not decided at 3:00 am the next day.
    The only thing the Democrat’s can FIX is elections every thing else they DESTROY

  7. How stupid do Democrats think we are. This man was no more capable of leading a country than a corpse. USA must look terrible to other countries. He needs a nursing home ASAP.

  8. Another Piglosi power grab! SHE thinks SHE is commander in chief! In other words, tie the puppets hands, tell him what to sign, keep him under wraps while Obama takes over! Come on people, wake up! This is a total farce from beginning to end. We must stand up and demand piglosi’s impeachment, then Biden and Harris and put the rightful president back in office, PRESIDENT TRUMP!!!!!

  9. Well, for once I am proud of our man Todd Young of Indiana. Biden is a joke and never got the votes they claimed.

  10. This is now very scary, Biden can’t give his own speeches even with a teleprompter, he doesn’t know where he is most of the time or what he is talking about, now his own party want to take his war powers away. They hid him in the basement for months & now say he is getting worse, no way he has been this way for a long while. He should have never have been nominated by the Dems, & his wife to be President, believe me I do not like him at all, Biden & Obama worse Presidents EVER!! But for his party, wife & family to put someone who is obviously struggling with cognitive disease, to illegally make him president just so the Democratic party wins & Jill gets to be First Lady is horrible to humiliate someone for their gain!! If they will do that to supposedly a friend & husband, father etc. what can we expect. These are evil, vile animals that will eat their own without thinking twice!
    I think we need Pelosi then Biden & Harris out of office now!

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