Paul Blocks Senate Vote on House-Passed Resolution Criticizing American Withdrawal From Syria

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), blocked a Senate vote on a resolution that passed the House.

On Thursday, Paul blocked the vote on the resolution which the House approved the day prior, by objecting to a request by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) for a vote.

“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, reported The Hill.

“The resolution thats being offered is simply a way to have petty partisan criticism of the president infect this body,” Paul said.

Paul argued that the resolution would do “nothing to fix the problem” and wasnt a substitute for an official vote approving war in Syria.

“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,” Paul said.

Paul said he had a better plan and tried to get the body to vote on legislation that would suspend U.S. arms sales to Turkey. Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Jim Risch (R-Idaho) objected to that measure, reported Politico.

Schumer said after Pauls objection that the decision could cost lives.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) talks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington in a file photograph. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo)

“I think thats a horrible decision. I think it could well risk the lives of Americans down the road,” he said. “I think it will certainly risk the lives of many more Kurds who are our allies.”

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