Senate clears Yemen War Powers Resolution in rebuke to Trump

The Latest: Senate votes to end US support of Yemen war

The Senate voted Wednesday to order President Trump to end military assistance for a Saudi-led war effort in Yemen, dealing at least a symbolic blow to the White House's foreign policy. Saudi Arabia said that U.S. assistance was no longer needed. The war powers resolution seeks to end any US military involvement in the conflict, including providing targeting support for Saudi air strikes, without authorization from Congress.

The vote puts Congress on a collision course with Trump, who has already threatened to veto the resolution, which the White House says raises "serious constitutional concerns".

No presidential military commitment has ever been ended by vote of Congress under the War Powers Resolution.

The US sells weapons used by the Saudis and its military provides logistical and intelligence support to the coalition for drone strikes. "By remaining engaged, the US retains influence over the coalition's actions in Yemen and can continue to press for an end to the conflict".

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, accompanied by Sen.

Overcoming a veto would require two-thirds majorities in both the Senate and House, more votes than it has garnered so far.

Wednesday's Yemen vote, and the rare bipartisanship at the heart of it, came as US lawmakers have escalated their opposition to Saudi Arabia after the October murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

Trump has held back on criticizing Saudi Arabia, calling them an important strategic ally and counterbalance to Iran in the region. However, in recent months Washington's support has been tested on account of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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"The bottom line is the United States should not be supporting a catastrophic war led by a despotic regime with a unsafe and irresponsible foreign policy". A similar resolution, also sponsored by Murphy, Sanders and Lee, was approved in December, but was not voted on in the U.S. House, then under GOP control.

"By defining "hostilities" to include defense cooperation such as aerial refueling", the White House statement said, the Yemen resolution could also "establish bad precedent for future legislation".

"We need to stay engaged (in Yemen) with the limited engagement we've had", Risch said.

Romney said the USA now provides limited support to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, including intelligence-sharing and advice on compliance with the laws of war.

The resolution is a reminder that Congress has the legal ability to compel the removal of USA military forces, absent a formal declaration of war.

This decisive vote will end "the American facilitation of the Yemen war and the world's largest humanitarian crises".

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

"Now that the new Senate has passed the resolution, the House needs to pass the same clean version of the resolution to finally send it to the president's desk", Paul Kawika Martin, senior director for policy and political affairs at Peace Action, said.

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