Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Senate clears Yemen War Powers Resolution in rebuke to Trump

Senate clears Yemen War Powers Resolution in rebuke to Trump

Utah's two Republican senators were on opposite sides of a resolution the Senate passed Wednesday to cut off US support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen's bloody civil war.

It was also a significant coup for Sen.

The War Powers Resolution was passed with a final vote count of 54 to 46 with seven Republicans voting with the Democrats, CNN reported.

The Saudi-led coalition of Arab states intervened the following year, waging a destructive air campaign in support of Yemen's government.

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The Senate resolution, an unprecedented attempt to curtail presidential powers, seeks to end USA military involvement in the conflict within 30 days.

The U.S. has provided refueling for Saudi coalition aircraft, but that ended previous year after the Saudi regime was implicated in the murder of one of its citizens, journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Abdel-Salam added "in reality, America is the one. selling weapons, and providing support" to the coalition.

No American troops are involved, leaving the White House and others to question whether the resolution would have any effect.

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In this way, the USA only "prolongs the conflict and the humanitarian crisis", he said.

Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., addressed those tensions when he urged his colleagues to oppose the measure.

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. Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), the lead sponsor of the House measure to end support for the Yemen war, acknowledged the grassroots power on Yemen. "Pulling the plug on support to our partners only undermines the very leverage and influence that we need to help facilitate the U.N.'s diplomatic efforts".

On Thursday, the Senate is expected to vote on a resolution - already passed by the House - to reverse Trump's emergency declaration on border security, after the president went around Congress in a bid to secure more funding for his wall between the United States and Mexico.

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Congress has never before invoked the decades-old War Powers Resolution to stop a foreign conflict, but it is poised to do just that in the bid to cut off US support for a war that has triggered a humanitarian catastrophe. Will there be political fallout for a president failing to accede to the will of Congress on matters of war and peace? The US has been providing support with aerial targeting and mid-flight aerial refueling. He claimed that didn't meet the threshold of hostilities required to trigger the law. In addition to arms, USA military experts have acted as advisers to the Saudi and Emirati command centres in Riyadh and elsewhere, and a US pullout could also impact intelligence gathering. Mike Lee (R-UT), and 18 Republicans in the House voted on a similar resolution last month.

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