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Sen. Paul Blocks New Iran Sanctions

Sen. Paul Blocks New Iran Sanctions

Demands Amendment to Stop Administration’s Unilateral Use of Force

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Sen. Rand Paul took to the Senate floor to oppose unanimous consent of a new set of sanctions on Iran and introduced an amendment that would ensure 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, and that any such use of force must be authorized by Congress.

Below is video and transcript of that exchange.



Reserving the right to object, I’m amazed the Majority Party objects to an amendment which simply restates the Constitution.

Our Founding Fathers were quite concerned about giving the power declare war to the Executive. They were quite concerned that the Executive could become like a king.

Many in this body cannot get boots on ground fast enough in a variety of places, from Syria to Libya to Iran. We don’t just send boots to war. We send our young Americans to war. Our young men and women, our soldiers, deserve thoughtful debate.

Before sending our young men and women into combat, we should have a mature and thoughtful debate over the ramifications of and over the authorization of war and over the motives of the war.

James Madison wrote that the Constitution supposes what history demonstrates. That the Executive is the branch most interested in war and most prone to it. The Constitution, therefore, with studied care vested that power in the Legislature.

My amendment is one sentence long. It states that nothing in this act is to be construed as a declaration of war or as an authorization of the use of force in Iran or Syria. 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. I, therefore, respectively object.

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Maybe he has some of Ron's backbone after all


He's been a busy man this

He's been a busy man this year. Done more than most of them in the last 5 years...

The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. - Heinlein

Way to go, Senator!

I hope he gets through to enough of them.

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." -- Thomas Paine

i know you say way 2 go! but

i know you say way 2 go! but didnt he approve for sactions on Iran? why rand? why? didnt your father teach you anything, i know he did with me lol, idk i dont get it!!!!!! do you?

juan maldonado

The all or nothing mentality

The all or nothing mentality of some of you people is going to rip this movement apart. When Ron is gone I have no clue who the hell you'll find acceptable.

Rand knows how to play the game. He is more patient and willing to do it unlike his father. This is a great benefit to us and will probably accomplish more in the end.

he knows how to play the

he knows how to play the game? by not following the constitution? where does it autorize putting sactions on another country? the reason i love dr paul is because he follows the oath of office... theres no playing the game!!! thats awful man, im sorry i cant believe in this man

juan maldonado


We can be principled on our high horse all the way to the collapse. We need to actually make things happen before it is too late.

NOTE: I am not advocating violence in any way. The content of the post is for intellectual, theoretical, and philosophical discussion. FEDS, please don't come to my house.





Don't buy their oil!

good for Rand, hes the best senator we got in the senate and if you want to stop Iran, stop buying their oil and use our resources at home, they say we got like 2 trillion barrels in natural gas in this country, lets use that and sell that and take their business away.