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Rand Paul Blocks Vote on House-Passed Resolution Criticizing Syria Troop Withdrawal for Second Time

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) blocked a Senate vote on a resolution that passed the House last week for the second time.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) tried to trigger a vote on the resolution, which puts Congress on record as opposing President Donald Trumps decision to withdraw troops from Syria, on Tuesday.

“Whats the best way to get the president to act? Well, my friends, you know it. Its you. When Republican senators protest what the president has done, he sometimes acts,” Schumer said from the Senate floor, reported The Hill.

But Paul blocked the vote. Under Senate rules, one senator can request a vote on a bill but another senator can block the vote.

Paul, son of libertarian former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), said that Congress should formally approve war in Syria if it wants to go on the record.

“If Democrats want to send our young men and women to fight in the Syrian civil war, lets have that debate. By all means, lets have the constitutional debate today on the Senate floor right here, right now,” Paul said.

“We need a debate and a vote and authorization of force,” he added later. “Its an utter and complete mess. It is time we get the hell out.”

An. American military convoy stops near the town of Tel Tamr, north Syria on Oct. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)

Paul blocked the initial attempt by Schumer to hold a vote on the resolution last week.

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

The House passed the resolution on Oct. 16, 354-60, with a number of Republicans approving the bill.

The resolution stated that the House was “opposing the decision to end certain United States efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces in Northeast Syria.”

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