Politics & Government

Paul introduces amendment to formally end war in Iraq

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Thursday announced that he had introduced an amendment to formally end the war in Iraq.

The amendment was attached to the Defense Department's authorization bill, which provides funding for fiscal year 2012.

"On several occasions this year, Congress has been ignored or remained silent while the President committed our forces to combat," Paul said in a statement. "It is my intention to urge Congress to reclaim its constitutional authority over the decision to go to war, or to end a war — it is one of the body's most important powers."

President Obama has ordered a withdrawal of most forces in Iraq by the end of the year.

Paul said he will push for a vote on his amendment during consideration of the defense bill. Paul noted that actions to protect U.S. personnel in Iraq will be allowed under existing laws.