The Senate voted Wednesday to end US support for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition's war in Yemen, bringing Congress one step closer to a unprecedented rebuke of President Donald Trump's foreign policy.
This week's Senate vote on Yemen has also dented another staple of US foreign policy: unwavering American support for the Saudi monarchy. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., the resolution's author, told reporters before the vote.
Sanders co-sponsored the bill along with Sens.
Supporters of the War Powers Resolution argued the USA shouldn't be involved in the war without explicit permission from Congress. Opponents argued the U.S. does not have "boots on the ground" and is offering noncombat technical assistance to Saudi Arabia, an ally. "Lastly and not leastly important, the United States Congress is going to reassert its constitutional responsibility over issues of war that has been abdicated to presidents - Democrats and Republicans - for too many years".
The seven Republicans who defied the President aligned with the Democrats. The resolution calls for the withdrawal of armed forces from Yemen within 30 days of the enactment of the resolution.
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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.
As Saudi-led coalition airstrikes claimed hundreds of lives over the years, mostly in northern Yemen where the Houthis are based, the US insisted it plays no role in targeting Yemenis.
If the legislation passes the House, it would be the first time lawmakers have invoked the decades-old War Powers Resolution to halt American military involvement in a foreign conflict.
The 1973 law was supposed to provide a check on the growing number of worldwide military entanglements presidents committed the U.S.to, without actually seeking a war declaration or other authorization from Congress. Five years of fighting has resulted in a devastating humanitarian crisis in the country.
The vote on the resolution appears to be one of several fault lines between Republicans and President Donald Trump on national security to emerge in recent weeks. The Senate first passed the measure 56 to 41 in December, but then House Speaker Paul Ryan refused to take up the resolution.