Rand Paul Wyoming

U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-KY, speaks during the Defend the Guard rally Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, inside the Wyoming State Capitol. The event, in which Paul was a featured guest, was to support bipartisan House Bill 98, which would bar Wyoming guard troops from being deployed to active combat without a declaration of war from Congress.

CHEYENNE – Despite a rally for the legislation earlier that day led by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a bill that would have required a congressional declaration of war for Wyoming National Guard troops to be deployed failed to be introduced Friday afternoon.

The legislation failed by a wide margin in the House, with 22 representatives voting in favor of the proposal – 18 short of the necessary threshold to gain introduction. During the rally earlier that day, the sponsor of House Bill 98, Rep. Tyler Lindholm, R-Sundance, acknowledged “it’s going to be a tough vote,” but emphasized the need for Congress to take responsibility for these wars.

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