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Senate votes to end United States support for Saudi forces in Yemen
15 March 2019, 07:08 | Glen Norman
Senate clears Yemen War Powers Resolution in rebuke to Trump
The Republican-led U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved a resolution seeking to end U.S. support for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in the war in Yemen, in a rebuke of President Donald Trump's policy toward the kingdom.
Activists take part in a rally in front of the White House in Washington, DC, to protest against Saudi Arabia's actions in Yemen, on April 13, 2017. The war powers resolution seeks to end any USA military involvement in the conflict, including providing targeting support for Saudi air strikes, without authorization from Congress.
Lawmakers have never before invoked the decades-old War Powers Resolution to stop a foreign conflict, but they are poised to do just that in the bid to cut off US support for a war that has triggered a humanitarian catastrophe. The Trump administration has been providing Yemen with intelligence and other support. "By remaining engaged, the USA retains influence over the coalition's actions in Yemen and can continue to press for an end to the conflict". Mike Lee of Utah.
"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.
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 U.S. security assistance to any country.
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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.
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 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.
"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.
"By defining "hostilities" to include defense cooperation such as aerial refueling", the statement said, the Yemen resolution could also "establish bad precedent for future legislation".
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The seven Republicans who backed Wednesday's vote were Sens.
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 USA forces are not actively engaged in fighting.
This decisive vote will end "the American facilitation of the Yemen war and the world's largest humanitarian crises".
"Peace envoys are telling us they want deeper USA engagement in this situation", Risch said in a statement following the vote. "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".
The measure now goes to the House, which approved a very similar measure earlier this year, to be passed again.
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