Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Tuesday blocked for the second time on the Senate floor a resolution formally opposing President Trump’s Syria strategy.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) tried to set up a vote on the House-passed resolution, which formally opposes Trump’s decision to pull back U.S. troops from northern Syria and calls on Turkey to end its military incursion.
“What’s the best way to get the president to act? Well, my friends, you know it. It’s you. When Republican senators protest what the president has done, he sometimes acts,” Schumer said from the Senate floor.
Under the Senate’s rules, any one senator can request to vote on or pass a bill. But because that requires the sign off from every senator, any one lawmaker can also block the request.
Paul, a libertarian-leaning GOP senator, argued that if Congress is going to take up a resolution opposing Trump’s Syria decision they needed to have a larger war powers debate.
“If Democrats want to send our young men and women to fight in the Syrian civil war, let’s have that debate. By all means, let’s have the constitutional debate today on the Senate floor right here, right now,” Paul said.
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