Rand Paul Blocks Senate Vote On House Resolution Opposing Trump's Syria Decision
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R) shut down a Senate vote on a resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria that passed the House this week, according to The Hill.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) requested consent to vote on the resolution on Thursday, as any senator can attempt to set up a vote; but Paul blocked the effort, as any one senator can also do, according to the body’s rules.
“The most important thing we can do right now is send President Trump a message that Congress, the vast majority of Democrats and Republicans, demand he reverse course,” Schumer said in raising the resolution.
Paul accused Schumer of attempting to circumvent the Constitution in his objection. "He should come to the floor and say that we are ready to declare war. We are ready to authorize force, and we are going to stick our troops in the middle of this messy, messy, five-sided civil war where we would be ostensibly opposed to the Turkish government that has made an incursion,” he said.
Further, Paul argued, the resolution would do "nothing to fix the problem,” The Hill reported, noting that he will submit a “countering proposal that would also stop arms sales to Turkey.”
The House-passed resolution "opposes the decision to end certain United States efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces in Northeast Syria” and calls upon Turkey to end its military action.