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Senate passes resolution to end US involvement in Yemen's civil war

Defying President Donald Trump US Senate votes to end support for Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen The Latest: Senate votes to end US support of Yemen war
Patty Aguilar | 16 March, 2019, 01:57

"Most of the advocacy around this war in the USA has focused on what we want the U.S.to stop doing - refuelling, selling arms, blocking Security Council actions, etc. ..."

Reprinted from The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity. "The Senate's vote to end the USA role in Yemen is also a vote to re-democratize our nation's foreign policy". Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., the resolution's chief sponsor, said on the Senate floor Wednesday. "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.

The Senate has blamed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for ordering the death of the USA resident, and are unhappy with Mr Trump's response to the issue. The hostilities in Yemen are being led by Saudi Arabia.

The Yemen War Powers resolution, which passed 54-46, blocks usa forces from any involvement in the increasingly unpopular war without further authorization from Congress.

Many US lawmakers have taken issue with the number of civilian deaths in Yemen's conflict and have been calling for an end of US military support ever since the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last October.

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Republicans and Democrats alike have bristled over the White House's apparent embrace of the kingdom and its leadership.

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. "The relationship with the crown prince is so toxic, so tainted, so flawed that I can't ever see myself doing business with Saudi Arabia in the future unless there is change there", he said in December.

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.

Murphy was a co-sponsor of the resolution with Sens. Saudi Arabia's lobbyists did indeed mobilize to try to quash these votes, but their efforts fell far short, in large part because of a mass grassroots activist mobilization over the last few years pushing Congress to act. They've been instrumental in making sure members were aware of the legislation and convincing members to support the legislation. The resolution requires the president to withdraw any U-S troops in or affecting Yemen within 30 days. (The House recently passed its own similar resolution.) The House, which is now under Democratic management, easily has the votes to pass S.J.Res. 7 As Amended.

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