Senate votes to end USA support of Yemen war

Senate votes to end USA support of Yemen war

Senate votes to end USA support of Yemen war

The US Senate has offered a strong bipartisan rebuke to President Donald Trump by voting to end the country's involvement in the Saudi Arabia-led proxy war in Yemen. The resolution requires the president to withdraw any United States troops in or affecting Yemen within 30 days.

The resolution would not curtail US special forces involved in fighting al Qaeda or allied terrorist groups - a mission that Congress explicitly authorized in 2001.

But the resolution will probably be struck down by Mr Trump's first veto since he took office. 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. The Trump administration has been providing Yemen with intelligence and other support.

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

An earlier version of the resolution passed the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives but was rejected by the Senate; the resolution must now pass the House again before it is sent to the White House, where Trump has promised to veto it.

Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition helping Yemen fight Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.

Republican leaders argue that the resolution is too broad and sets a precedent allowing any lawmaker to force a vote to end military cooperation arrangements and United States security assistance to any country.

Some also contended that stopping USA support would help Iran, and potentially prolong the conflict by ending Washington's ability to influence Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, a partner in the conflict, to pursue a sustainable political settlement.

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"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.

"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", said independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, sponsor of the measure.

"Peace envoys are telling us they want deeper USA engagement in this situation", Risch said in a statement following the vote.

Saudi Arabia "is not an ally that deserves our support of our military intervention", Republican Sen.

In a Senate floor speech ahead of the vote, Sanders said that Congress is reclaiming its constitutional war powers to end America's complicity in a humanitarian crisis.

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

Murphy said that after the Senate voted for a similar resolution previous year, the warring parties in Yemen moved towards a cease fire.

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