US Senate votes to end involvement in Yemen war

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The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday to end the country's support for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition's war in Yemen, bringing Congress one step closer to an unprecedented rebuke of President Donald Trump's foreign policy. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. and Mike Lee, R-Utah. Susan Collins of Maine, Steve Daines of Montana, Mike Lee of Utah, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Todd Young of Indiana.

Hours ahead of the vote, the White House statement threatening a veto argued that us support for the Saudis does not constitute engaging in "hostilities" and that the resolution could undermine the fight against violent extremism. "We have been providing the bombs the Saudi-led coalition is using, refueling their planes before they drop those bombs and assisting with intelligence", Sanders said during a speech on the Senate floor ahead of the vote.

"Today, we begin the process of reclaiming our constitutional power by ending USA involvement in a war that has not been authorized by Congress and is clearly unconstitutional", Senator Bernie Sanders, who is running for president in 2020 and is a sponsor of the measure, said on the Senate floor.

"This Senate vote moves us one step closer to ending USA support for the catastrophic war in Yemen, a war that makes America complicit in the worst humanitarian crisis in the world", Paul Kawika Martin, senior director for policy and political affairs at Peace Action, said in a statement.

Trump's support for Saudi Arabia has been a point of tension with Congress since the killing of USA -based journalist Jamal Khashoggi a year ago.

Sanders, using unusually blunt language about an American ally, said the United States should not "simply follow the despotic lead of a government in Saudi Arabia".

"We should not be associated with a bombing campaign that the United Nations tells us is likely a gross violation of human rights", Murphy said on the Senate floor Wednesday.

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'We need to stay engaged (in Yemen) with the limited engagement we've had, ' Risch said.

With the Democrats in control, the House passed its own version of the resolution in February, but a procedural issue meant the House must vote on the Senate's version of the measure.

McConnell argued the Yemen resolution "will not enhance America's diplomatic leverage" and will make it more hard for the U.S.to end the conflict in Yemen and minimize civilian casualties.

Resolution opponents argued that support for the Saudi-led coalition is not an appropriate use of the war powers act limiting the president's ability to send troops into action, because US forces are not actively engaged in fighting.

The war in Yemen is the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with an estimated 14 million people at risk of starvation. "We should instead signal our resolve that the U.S.is committed to playing an important role in pushing for a sustainable political settlement in Yemen".

A similar measure was introduced in the US House in February, however, as The Hill reports, it "ran into a procedural roadblock" when it got to the US Senate, and was not able to be voted on in a manner that would allow it to pass with a simple majority vote, which in the Senate requires a total of 51 yeas.

Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Sen.

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