Paul threatens to slow-walk defense bill over war vote
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Lawmakers grapple with warrantless wiretapping program MORE is warning he will slow-walk a bipartisan defense policy bill unless he can get a vote on his proposal to repeal two war authorizations. 

The Kentucky Republican has filed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to repeal the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) passed in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack and to green light the Iraq War. 
 
"I will object to all procedural motions and amendments unless and until my amendment is made in order and we vote on these wars," Paul said on Twitter.
 
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The Senate voted 89-3 earlier Monday on an initial procedural hurdle. Unless Paul relents, the Senate will be forced to sit through another 30 hours before it can formally vote to start debate. 
 
That could force Paul to sit in the chamber all night, or senators could get a deal to adjourn for the evening and freeze the clock until tomorrow morning.
 
 
The libertarian-leaning senator added he is holding a "silent protest" for the Americans killed since 2001.
 
"Tonight I sit silently to protest the thousands of American soldiers who have died over the past decade in these wars," he said on Twitter.
Senators on both sides of the aisle have been pushing for years for Congress to hold a vote on if they should sunset the 2001 or 2002 war authorizations, or pass a new AUMF to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. 
 
But deep policy and political divisions have repeatedly stymied multiple congressional efforts. 
 
More than 300 amendments have been filed to the Senate's version of the NDAA.