WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Adam Schiff, the amendment’s sponsor, said in a press release:
"Ten months into an undeclared war against ISIS [Islamic State], Congress yet again dodged its responsibility to authorize the use of force."
No funds would be expended for the war against the Islamic State after March 31 unless the Congress passed a new AUMF, according to the bill.
The Schiff amendment was defeated in a vote of 231 to 196.
The failure by the Congress to vote on a new AUMF is “an abdication” of their responsibility to declare war, Schiff stated.
Congressional abdication of our responsibility to declare war, or to deny authorization for war, sets a terrible precedent.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) 11 июня 2015
He argued that not allowing the vote on new war powers “sets a terrible precedent and shifts war-making powers substantially and inexorably towards the Executive.”
US President Barack Obama has stated that he would prefer a congressional authorization for the war on the Islamic State, but he has the jurisdiction to continue the fight under AUMFs from 2001 and 2003.
The White House sent a draft AUMF to the US House and Senate in February 2015. Both houses of Congress have failed to approve or vote on a final authorization.