Sen. Rand Paul surprised members of the Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday when he threatened to force a vote on a declaration of war against ISIS as an amendment to an unrelated bill dealing with clean drinking water around the world.
The Kentucky Republican, frustrated that Congress hasn’t voted to formally okay the military operation already underway against the terrorist group, said he hoped his move would “shame” the Congress into action.
“I think the most important duty of a legislator is to vote yea or nay on whether or not we are sending our young men and women to war,” Paul told CNN. “I think we’ve been derelict in our duty, Congress has abdicated that duty. The President, I think, in his arrogance, has assumed that he doesn’t even need to ask.”