Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) “on Wednesday introduced an amendment to a small business bill that would express the ‘sense of the Senate’ that the president cannot unilaterally act on matters of war,” the Washington Post reports.
“The language of my resolution is not unfamiliar to many: the language of this resolution are the president’s words,” Paul said Wednesday in remarks on the Senate floor.
The symbolic resolution contains only one sentence – a statement that then-Sen. Barack Obama made in 2007 – that “the president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.’”
“This was very, very clear what the president said, and I agree with what candidate Barack Obama said: we should not go to war without congressional authority,” Paul said Wednesday. He added that if the country were in imminent danger, Congress would allow the president some latitude, but in this case, “even the secretary of defense has said that Libya is not in our national interest.”
“There is no threat to our national security, and yet we are involved in a third war,” Paul said.