Bernie Sanders, Senate OK end to U.S

Bernie Sanders, Senate OK end to U.S

The Senate voted Wednesday to end US support for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen's ongoing civil war, the latest in a series of foreign policy rebuffs to President Trump.

The measure demands Trump "remove United States Armed Forces from hostilities in or affecting the Republic of Yemen within 30 days".

"It's becoming clearer and clearer that the kingdom of Saudi Arabia is not an ally that deserves our unwavering, unquestioning, unflinching support", Lee said, according to Politico.

"Congressional authority over war was created to avoid the type of situation that's been unfolding in Yemen, where unauthorized USA military support began without public debate or scrutiny", Martin said.

It's also another strong rebuke of President Donald Trump's support for Saudi Arabia, which has been a point of tension with Congress since the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi a year ago.

Lawmakers have never before invoked the decades-old War Powers Resolution to stop a foreign conflict, but they are poised to do just that in the bid to cut off US support for a war that has triggered a humanitarian catastrophe.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Danny Burch, a former U.S. hostage in Yemen, during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on March 6, 2019.

McConnell argued the Yemen resolution "will not enhance America's diplomatic leverage" and will make it more hard for the U.S.to help end the conflict in Yemen and minimize civilian casualties. Mike Lee, R-Utah, marks the first time lawmakers have invoked the decades-old War Powers Resolution to halt American military involvement in a foreign conflict.

The bill now moves to the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, where it is likely to pass.

Trump has held back on criticizing Saudi Arabia, calling them an important strategic ally and counterbalance to Iran in the region.

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Some also contended that stopping US support would help Iran, and potentially prolong the conflict by ending Washington's ability to influence Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, a partner in the conflict, to pursue a sustainable political settlement.

The vote was 54-46 in the Senate, more than the 51 needed to pass in the 100-member Senate, as seven Republicans joined Democrats in backing the measure.

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

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

"The United States should end its involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen that has resulted in widespread starvation, disease, and death", Blumenthal said.

Trump's support for Saudi Arabia has been a point of tension with Congress since the killing of US -based journalist Jamal Khashoggi a year ago.

The Senate is poised to vote Wednesday on ending US support for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition fighting in Yemen, legislation the White House has threatened to veto.

"We need to stay engaged with the limited engagement that we have", said Senator Jim Risch, the Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.

The Senate had approved the war powers resolution in December, during the last Congress, the first time such a measure had passed the chamber.

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