Senate Bill Would Force End to US War in Yemen

Yemen war: senators push to end US support of Saudi Arabia

According to Sanders, senator form the U.S. state of Vermont, "If you look at the War Powers Act, what America is now involved in constitutes a military action..." The conflict has killed at least 10,000 civilians, wounded at least 40,000 and displaced 3 million people, the senator said. The new text was approved, but it made no mention of Iranian weapons and support to the Houthis, who continue to fire ballistic missiles at Saudi Arabia.A few days earlier, Russian diplomats in NY blocked a United Nations resolution seeking to establish a one-month cease-fire in the Syrian capital's suburb of Eastern Ghouta, place of the latest massacre of hundreds of civilians by pro-Damascus forces.

"Our mission is two parts, it's counterterrorism, which we feel we have the authority to conduct that mission under our current AUMF", White said, and the other mission is supporting Saudi Arabia, which "has been attacked in Yemen by Iran-backed Houthis who have fired missiles and targeted civilian facilities". "Under this legislation, no longer would US pilots serve as gas station attendants in the sky to refuel Saudi and UAE bombers that rein down terror on Yemeni men, women, and children". USA forces are coordinating, refueling, and providing targeting guidance and intelligence to the Saudi-led coalition, as confirmed recently by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. The conflict has functioned as something of a proxy war, with Iran backing the Yemeni side against the USA -backed Saudis.

The joint resolution, sponsored by two senators from opposite ends of the ideological spectrum, independent Bernie Sanders, Republican Mike Lee, and Democrat Chris Murphy, is a rare effort by Congress to claw back its war powers from the executive branch.

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The text directs "the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress".

It remains unclear whether Senate leadership could stave off a floor vote.

"Without Congressional authorization, our engagement in the war in Yemen should be restricted to providing desperately needed humanitarian aid, and diplomatic efforts to resolve it", Sanders said in a statement. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has also flirted with a new war powers proposal in several hearings.

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In November 2017, the House of Representatives passed a resolution declaring that USA military assistance to Saudi Arabia in the Yemen conflict was not authorized.

"The limited military and intelligence support that the United States is providing the [Saudi]-led coalition does not involve any introduction of U.S. forces into hostilities", the letter says.

Rand Paul past year to try to prevent arms sales to Saudi Arabia for its war in Yemen. "Saudi Arabia is deliberately using starvation as a weapon of war in Yemen, putting 8 million people a step away from famine".

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