US Senate votes to end involvement in Yemen war

US Senate votes to end involvement in Yemen war

The bill also directs the President "to remove US Armed Forces from hostilities in or affecting the Republic of Yemen, except those engaged in operations directed at Al Qaeda or associated forces", within 30 days after the resolution's enactment. Should it manage to successfully pass through both the Senate and the House, it would be the first time that lawmakers have tapped on the act to cease u.s. military involvement in a foreign conflict.

This is a big deal.

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

The point of the OMB statement was to say that "senior advisers' are telling Trump to veto the Senate bill, which the White House had already indicated he would do anyhow". But U.S. withdrawal is only a matter of time-that is, a matter of Trump's time in office. Senators also unanimously adopted amendments to the resolution stating that nothing in it could be construed as authorizing the use of military force, and leaving some room for continued intelligence sharing with the Saudi government.

"Millions of grassroots activists, who helped make this vote a reality, want their lawmakers to end this unconscionable war", Kate Gould, legislative director for Middle East policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, said. It has put a serious crack in the structure of US foreign policy making.

"The United States Congress is going to reassert its constitutional responsibility over issues of war that have been abdicated for presidents, Democrats and Republicans, for too many years", Sanders said.

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

The measure will now go to the House of Representatives, where it is expected to be passed before it goes to Trump. It would be the first of his two-year-long presidency. The resolution was introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

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Mike Lee of Utah, the vote passed in a final count of 54-46.

The Yemen War Powers resolution also serves as a vehicle to pressure Trump to condemn the Saudi government over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which U.S. intelligence agencies have pinned on Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Yemen's warring sides were divided Thursday over a U.S. Senate vote to end America's support for the Saudi-led war in the impoverished country, with the Yemeni government condemning it and the Iran-backed rebels welcoming the development. But now, his feelings have completely reversed. "I hope the Saudi leadership is paying attention". However, in recent months Washington's support has been tested on account of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Both House and Senate measures garnered significant bipartisan support before it.

The resolution, which is co-sponsored by US Sens.

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said before the vote that the resolution "will be seen as a message to the Saudis that they need to clean up their act". The Saudis are likely using our own weapons... to commit these atrocities of war.

Top Republicans Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn voted against the resolution.

Last year, the Senate voted unanimously to hold the crown prince responsible for Khashoggi's slaying. We would not have been able to do any of this without them.

Al-Iryani, the information minister, warned that any US pullout from its support for the coalition in Yemen's war would only serve Iran.

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