While the legislation has been presented as a plan to "reassert" Congressional power to "authorize where, when and with who we are at war," the proposal for a new AUMF (Authorization for Use of Military Force) actually allows the president to declare anyone an 'associated force' of terrorists, without even disclosing the details to Congress or the public.
The legislation is an update to the 2001 and 2002 AUMF for the war in Afghanistan, following the 9/11 attacks.
"Unfortunately, the authorization they're putting forward will expand the president's authority to involve us in war," Senator Paul wanned during an appearance on Fox News.
"Currently we're involved in six or seven countries actively and another 10 or 20 sorts of intermittently. This new authorization will authorize all of those wars and then some." Paul added.