U.S. Congress Sends War Powers Resolution Aimed At Ending U.S. Military Support For Saudi-Led War In Yemen To Trump; Veto Expected

CNN: House sends Yemen War Powers Resolution to Trump, where it faces veto threat
“The House passed a resolution Thursday calling for the end of any U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, sending the proposal to the White House where it is expected to be vetoed. The resolution, which is seen as a rebuke of President Donald Trump’s Middle East policies, already passed the Senate last month. Thursday’s House vote was 247-175. Sixteen Republicans voted yes with Democrats and one voted present…” (Killough/Barrett, 4/4).

Financial Times: U.S. House votes to end military support in Yemen
“…On Thursday, Democratic lawmakers held up the Yemen resolution as a victory, noting the historical nature of the fact that both chambers had passed a War Powers resolution — a federal law that allows Congress to put a check on the president’s power to engage in an overseas military conflict. … ‘Today, the House of Representatives took a clear stand against war and famine by voting to end our complicity in the war in Yemen,’ said Ro Khanna, a Democrat on the House armed services committee. ‘This is the first time in the history of the nation that a War Powers Resolution has passed the House and Senate [and] made it to the president’s desk’…” (Weaver, 4/4).

Foreign Policy: Congress Is Finally Done With the War in Yemen
“…Rep. Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, opposed the bill, arguing that invoking the War Powers Resolution wasn’t appropriate, as the Defense Department has said no U.S. troops are engaged in hostilities in Yemen. ‘This resolution does nothing to address the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. It does nothing to secure justice for the heinous murder of Jamal Khashoggi. It does not even make real decisions on U.S. security assistance to Saudi Arabia,’ he said…” (Gramer/MacKinnon, 4/4).

The Guardian: Yemen war: Congress votes to end US military assistance to Saudi Arabia
“…The war in Yemen, which has just entered its fifth year, is estimated to have killed more than 60,000 people and left millions on the brink of starvation, creating what the U.N. called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis…” (Gambino/Borger, 4/4).

New York Times: U.S. Role in Yemen War Will End Unless Trump Issues Second Veto
“…To persuade the president to support the legislation, a bipartisan group of lawmakers — including Representatives Ro Khanna, Democrat of California and one of the lead sponsors of the resolution, and Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida and one of the president’s staunchest allies — requested to meet with the president, appealing to his desire ‘to achieve our shared interest in responsibly drawing down needless conflicts throughout the world’…” (Edmondson, 4/4).

Reuters: U.S. House rebukes Trump on Saudi Arabia, backs measure to end Yemen involvement
“…[N]either the House tally nor the 54-46 bipartisan vote in the Senate, where Republicans have a slim majority, would be enough to override a veto. The four-year-long civil war in Yemen, which pits the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels backed by Iran, has killed tens of thousands of people and spawned what the United Nations calls the world’s most dire humanitarian crisis, with the country on the brink of famine…” (Zengerle/Ali, 4/4).

Wall Street Journal: House Passes Resolution to End U.S. Role in War in Yemen
“…The White House has promised to veto the resolution. Its passage is the latest sign of the frustration on Capitol Hill with the Trump administration’s support for the kingdom after the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of Saudi agents last year…” (Duehren, 4/4).

Washington Post: With vote to end U.S. involvement in Yemen’s war, House sets up Trump’s second veto
“…Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday rejected criticism of the U.S. role in the Yemen conflict, saying American involvement has led to a significant decline in civilian casualties. ‘And so it’s been a good thing that we’ve helped them,’ he said, noting that the United States had contributed ‘just short of a billion dollars’ in humanitarian aid, while Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have contributed more. Iran, he added, had contributed nothing. ‘That often goes unnoticed by folks on Capitol Hill,’ he added…” (Demirjian, 4/4).

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