WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVQ) – U.S Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky on Tuesday introduced a bill that would end the Afghanistan War.
The Republican from Bowling Green and Democrat Tom Udall, from New Mexico, are behind the 2019 American Forces Going Home After Noble Service Act, which would have the United States declare victory in Afghanistan and set a 45-day deadline for a plan to withdraw all U.S. forces within a year, according to a statement accompanying the bill’s text.
The legislation would also require the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) to be repealed at the end of the withdrawal. The AUMF was passed after the September 11, 2001, attacks.
The bill would also have the federal government pay, within one year, a $2,500 bonus to the more than three million military service members who have served in the Afghan war.
“Endless war weakens our national security, robs this and future generations through skyrocketing debt, and creates more enemies to threaten us, ” Paul said in a statement.
“For over 17 years, our soldiers have gone above and beyond what has been asked of them in Afghanistan,” he added. “It is time to declare the victory we achieved long ago, bring them home, and put America’s needs first.”