U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed a resolution asking for an end of U.S. support for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition's war in Yemen, a move breaking from President Donald Trump's foreign policy toward the kingdom. The measure passed with 54 for and 46 against.
The 1973 law was supposed to provide a check on the growing number of global military entanglements presidents committed the U.S.to, without actually seeking a war declaration or other authorization from Congress. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. and Mike Lee, R-Utah. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who co-sponsored the Sanders bill along with Sen.
Kate Gould, legislative director for Middle East policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, applauded the grassroots activists who have been working tirelessly to end America's disastrous role in Yemen.
It's unclear how the decision could impact the USA fight against al-Qaida in Yemen where America has been carrying out a drone campaign against the terror network's franchise after it claimed responsibility for failed terrorist attacks in the U.S. Thousands have been killed and millions pushed to the brink of starvation. A Saudi-led coalition of Arab states intervened the following year, waging a destructive air campaign in support of the government.
Romney said while he has concerns about Saudi Arabia's recent behavior, particularly the murder of Khashoggi, ending support would undermine US allies and security interests in the region by emboldening Iran, hampering counterterrorism efforts, and potentially worsening the humanitarian crisis.More news: Robert Lewandowski hammers Bayern Munich's tactics in loss to Liverpool
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The Saudi-led war, which at times targeted civilian facilities and prevented aid shipments from getting to Yemenis, had been faulted by human rights organizations for exacerbating what the United Nations called the world's "worst humanitarian catastrophe".
The resolution states that only Congress has the authority to declare war and that Congress has not declared war against the Houthis in the Republic of Yemen.
The Senate on Wednesday passed a measure mandating the withdrawal of US forces from the Saudi/UAE-led war against Houthi rebels in Yemen.
But the White House has promised a veto on whatever emerges, and Wednesday's vote signals there's more than enough support for the president to sustain that. The statement argues that this is in violation of President Trump's constitutional powers, saying it is inappropriate to "override the President's determination as Commander-in-Chief".
The U.S. has provided refueling for Saudi coalition aircraft, but that ended past year after the Saudi regime was implicated in the murder of one of its citizens, journalist Jamal Khashoggi.