WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rand Paul today introduced an amendment to S.2943, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (NDAA), which finds that the 2001 and 2002 authorizations for use of military force (AUMF) do not give President Obama the authority to maintain U.S. military force in direct or indirect actions against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and that a new authorization is needed.
The full text of the amendment can be found HERE.
Earlier last month, Sen. Paul also introduced six amendments to NDAA, which are expected to be considered when the Senate convenes later today. Below is the list of Sen. Paul’s amendments with summaries for background information.
- Amendment No. 4072
- Known as the Fort Knox Energy Security Act
- Allows the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to continue producing natural gas at Fort Knox in Kentucky, which ultimately would enable Fort Knox to become the only military installation capable of self-sustainment in the country.
- Amendment No. 4073
- Mandates the Census Bureau count all deployed service members at the base or port in which they resided prior to deployment.
- Benefits thousands of U.S. service men and women by creating a consistent and logical method for counting service members deployed overseas in the U.S. Census at their residence at their last duty station.
- This legislation will have no effect on a service member’s tax, residence, or voting status; it will only affect counting for census purposes.
- Amendment No. 4074
- Repeals the Military Selective Service Act and end the military draft in the U.S.
- Amendment No. 4075
- Known as the Service Members Self Defense Act
- Amend permit members of the armed forces to possess firearms on military installations in accordance with applicable state and local law.
- Clarifies the carrying of a concealed weapon by a member of the armed forces, on DOD property, is not a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice or 18 USC 930 – Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities.
- Allowing for the carrying of a concealed weapon by qualified members of the armed forces, with national reciprocity, in accordance with state and local law.
- Amendment No. 4076
- Known as the Transparency for the Families of 9/11 Victims and Survivors Act
- Requires President Obama to declassify and make available to the public the redacted 28 pages from the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 2001.
- Amendment No. 4077
- Known as the Protecting Gun Rights and Due Process Act
- Provides protection for gun owners by ensuring due process rights are upheld in the event an individual’s eligibility is questioned and reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
- Within 90 days, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs must review and remove from NICS any veteran that has not been adjudicated as mentally incompetent. The Attorney General will certify that the removal of names has taken place.
- Prevents the Social Security Administrator from reporting individuals to NICS unless individual has been adjudicated as mentally incompetent. Attorney General will conduct a yearly review to certify reported names have necessary documentation.