Following is a press release just sent out by Senator Wyden today, Sept.13.
We appreciate that he remembers that issues of war and peace are still important to Oregonians
Wyden Votes to Repeal 15-Year-Old War Authorizations
Calls for New, Targeted Authority to Go After ISIS and Terrorist Groups
Washington, D.C. –Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today voted in support of an amendment by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to repeal the war authorizations for Iraq and Afghanistan. Wyden supports passage of a new, targeted authority to go after ISIS and other terrorist groups abroad.
“Relying on 15-year-old laws to go after today’s threats isn’t acceptable. By abdicating its responsibility, Congress is enabling the creeping, unchecked expansion of presidential power to wage war around the world. It’s long past time to repeal these outdated authorities and replace them with a new, targeted authority to go after ISIS and other terrorist groups that pose very real threats to American interests.”
Wyden has consistently opposed endless overseas wars, and use of military force without clearly defined goals. He voted against the original Iraq War resolution in 2002, and has repeatedly called for redeployment of combat troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.