McCain rejects ISIS vote during lame-duck

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainOvernight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments Senators revive effort to create McCain human rights commission MORE (R-Ariz.) on Thursday dismissed the suggestion that a vote for the authorization for use of military force (AUMF) against Islamic militants has any shot in the lame-duck session.

"There's not a snowball's chance in Gila Bend, Ariz., I promise you, to get in AUMF in this session of Congress,” he told reporters.

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McCain, the next chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Congress should hold off until the 10 new members of the Senate are sworn in next year.

He also repeated calls for the White House to send lawmakers a draft first of its AUMF proposal against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

"I've been involved in many AUMFs, it always starts with the administration sending over their proposal. There is no proposal. Why is there no proposal? They have no strategy?" he asked.

Sens. Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezThere is a severe physician shortage and it will only worsen Democrats ask Fed to probe Trump's Deutsche Bank ties Ending the Cyprus arms embargo will increase tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean MORE (D-N.J.) and Robert Corker (R-Tenn.) worked out a compromise where the Foreign Relations Committee would vote an authorization some time next week. However, it is unclear if the full Senate will vote on the eventual measure.

The decision to move forward was made after Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Defense: Pompeo blames Iran for oil tanker attacks | House panel approves 3B defense bill | Trump shares designs for red, white and blue Air Force One Senate rejects effort to block Trump's Qatar, Bahrain arms sales Senate rejects effort to block Trump's Qatar, Bahrain arms sales MORE (R-Ky.) announced the intention to attach his resolution declaring war on ISIS to a water authorization bill.

GOP Foreign Relations members, including McCain, Corker and Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonHillicon Valley: Lawmakers angered over Border Patrol breach | Senate Dems press FBI over Russian hacking response | Emails reportedly show Zuckerberg knew of Facebook's privacy issues | FCC looks to improve broadband mapping Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers angered over Border Patrol breach | Senate Dems press FBI over Russian hacking response | Emails reportedly show Zuckerberg knew of Facebook's privacy issues | FCC looks to improve broadband mapping Lawmakers demand answers on Border Patrol data breach MORE (Wis.), derided the move to tack such a major policy decision onto an innocuous measure.

Hours later, McCain was still steamed.

"It was the most bizarre meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that I have ever attended in my life or ever expected to attend. A water bill. A nice little water bill, uncontroversial,” he said. “An obscure water bill! I mean, you can't make that up! Where in that little book on how the laws are made does it say water bill, get a declaration of war? It's ludicrous. It's a living, breathing argument against lame-duck sessions."

McCain also said any AUMF must include airstrikes against the Assad regime in Syria.

“If it’s not in there, I will lay down on the floor of the Senate,” he warned. “This is obscene. How in the world do you justify leaving [Syrian President Bashar Assad] alone?”

He said to leave Syria unmentioned would be a “a degree of immorality that’s contradictory to everything the United States has ever stood for.”