The Authorization for the Use of Military Force was passed by Congress on September 14, 2001. This authorization is still used today to justify military actions taken by the Trump administration against ISIS and other terrorist organizations around the globe.
On September 15, the Senate rejected Sen. Rand Paul's proposal to amend the Authorization that would have given it an expiration date of 6 months. Sen. Paul and others hoped that the deadline would force Congress to act and pass legislation to redefine executive and congressional war powers. Prof. Robert Turner and Prof. Steve Vladeck joined us to discuss the AUMF and its future.
Prof. Robert F. Turner, Professor, University of Virginia School of Law
Prof. Stephen I. Vladeck, Professor, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law