Mattis Dismisses Rumors He Disagreed With Trump on Syria Strikes

Protesters marched in New York City to oppose military action against Syria in 2013

Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, also explained:For too long, Congress has given Presidents a blank check to wage war.

According to Lee, the legislation actually "further limits Congress's role in warmaking by requiring a veto-proof majority to block military action from the president".

Democrats and Republicans in Congress want to update the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force that granted President George W. Bush the power to go after al Qaeda and other global terrorist organizations.

That AUMF authorized force against al-Qaeda and the Taliban, and has continued to provide the legal rationale for the current USA campaign against ISIS, which the Obama administration argued is a successor of al-Qaeda.

USA forces have largely been operating under this so-called AUMF (authorization for use of military force) even though the Pentagon's mission has grown far beyond what was envisioned in the early days of hunting Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.

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"While the founders wisely gave the Office of the President the authority to act in emergencies", the letter reads, "they foresaw the need to ensure public debate - and the active engagement of Congress - prior to committing US military assets". The president would have to report to Congress on all new associated forces not explicitly named and provide the basis for targeting them, as well as update Congress on each new country in which the AUMF is being applied. To become law, the bill would also have to pass through the House of Representatives and be signed into law by President Trump.

"No president of the United States, no matter party or political ideology, has the authority to unilaterally start a war", said Sen.

There is mounting support in Congress to revisit the aging war-powers authorizations, as more moderate lawmakers join liberals and libertarians in their concern over what three presidents have largely taken as carte blanche for military action. Sen.

"Since 2001, the USA has been operating as if the world is a permanent battlefield, at the costs of thousands of lives, including large numbers of civilians", the group declared.

Yet, according to a New York Times report, Trump just couldn't wait that long and made a decision to go ahead with the strikes anyhow.

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