Senator Rand Paul blocks Iran sanctions bill . . . . demands that the Constitution be followed
- Paul: “Many in this body cannot get boots on ground fast enough in a variety of places, from Syria to Libya to Iran.”
Republican Senator Rand Paul has effectively single handedly blocked a bi-partisan bill to place yet more crippling economic sanctions on Iran, by demanding an amendment to prevent the White House using the legislation as an authorization to attack the country.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) wanted to immediately pass the sanctions bill by unanimous consent. However, Paul intervened and blocked it, in order to ensure that unauthorized use of military force against Iran does not transpire, reports Infowars.
Rand Paul defends the Constitution:
Paul’s one sentence amendment reads: “To clarify that nothing in the Act shall be construed as a declaration of war or an authorization of the use of force against Iran or Syria.”
“Our Founding Fathers were quite concerned about giving the power declare war to the Executive,” Paul said on the Senate floor. “They were quite concerned that the Executive could become like a king.”
Paul noted that in the lead up to the NATO led conflict in Libya, several Senators, including John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), were beating the war drums. The Kentucky Senator warned that the same rhetoric is now being used in relation to Iran and Syria.
“Many in this body cannot get boots on ground fast enough in a variety of places, from Syria to Libya to Iran,” said Paul. “[I] urge that we not begin a new war without a full debate, without a vote, without careful consideration of the ramifications of a third or even a fourth war in this past decade.”