Nine months after President Barack Obama ordered airstrikes on Islamic State terrorists, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine will make a floor speech today berating his colleagues for avoiding a vote on the undeclared war.
After launching thousands of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, endangering the lives of U.S. pilots and spending more than $2 billion since the bombings began on Aug. 8, Kaine said Wednesday, it’s just plain wrong that Congress has never debated or voted on the administration’s use of military force.
Legislators are loath to engage “because Congress likes to abdicate the responsibility on unpopular things,” he said in a phone interview.
“It’s so disrespectful to our troops,” Kaine said. “I mean to say, ‘Well, they’re risking their lives – and some have already lost their lives in this mission. We just don’t want to get our hands dirty.’ How much of a sacrifice is it to have a debate about a difficult topic and have to cast a vote?”
There may be a new push for a vote on the use of force in the coming days, he said.