Monday, 25 March, 2019


US Senate votes to end involvement in Yemen war

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Bennie Garza | 15 March, 2019, 07:05

The Senate voted on Wednesday to end US support of the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., right, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, on a reintroduction of a resolution to end USA support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

"Congressional authority over war was created to avoid the type of situation that's been unfolding in Yemen, where unauthorized US military support began without public debate or scrutiny", Martin said.

However, the White House has signaled the president's intention to veto the resolution. It would be the first measure passed by Congress to invoke the 1973 War Powers Resolution to directly curtail a president's use of military powers.

Meanwhile, revelations that interests connected with the Trump administration were in negotiations to sell the Saudis nuclear technology have shed new light on the president's cozy relationship with the embattled kingdom.

McConnell argued that the Yemen resolution would "not enhance America's diplomatic leverage" and would make it more hard for the U.S.to help end the conflict in Yemen and minimize civilian casualties. Mike Lee, R- Utah.

The vote was 54-46 in the Senate, more than the 51 needed to pass in the 100-member Senate, as seven Republicans joined Democrats in backing the measure.

Lawmakers from both parties are not only repulsed by the bloodshed in Yemen, they are also upset over Trump's tepid response to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October.

The World Health Organization says about 10,000 people have been killed in the war between forces loyal to the Yemeni government, backed by the Saudi-led coalition, and the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels.

The House of Representatives will vote on the War Powers Resolution before it heads to Donald Trump, who vows to veto the bill if it passes the House.

In its statement threatening a veto, the White House argued that the premise of the resolution is flawed, and that it would undermine the fight against extremism.

"The bottom line is that the United States should not be supporting a catastrophic war led by a despotic regime with an irresponsible foreign policy", said Sanders, speaking ahead of the vote.

"Because the president has directed United States forces to support the Saudi-led coalition under his constitutional powers, the joint resolution would raise serious constitutional concerns to the extent that it seeks to override the president's determination as commander in chief", the White House said in a statement this week.

This decisive vote will end "the American facilitation of the Yemen war and the world's largest humanitarian crises".

"The Senate's vote to end the US role in Yemen is also a vote to re-democratize our nation's foreign policy".

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said before the vote that the resolution "will be seen as a message to the Saudis that they need to clean up their act".

The resolution is a reminder that Congress has the legal ability to compel the removal of USA military forces, absent a formal declaration of war.

The Senate had approved the war powers resolution in December, during the last Congress, the first time such a measure had passed the chamber.

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