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House Rebukes Trump, Votes to End US Support of Saudi Arabia in Yemen War
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=48680"><span class="small">Frank Dale, ThinkProgress</span></a>   
Thursday, 14 February 2019 09:38

Dale writes: "In a substantial rebuke of President Donald Trump, the House of Representatives voted to end U.S. assistance for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen on Wednesday."

Children stand near a home destroyed in a Saudi coalition air strike. (photo: AFP)
Children stand near a home destroyed in a Saudi coalition air strike. (photo: AFP)


House Rebukes Trump, Votes to End US Support of Saudi Arabia in Yemen War

By Frank Dale, ThinkProgress

14 February 19


The Senate passed a similar resolution last year. Doing so again could force Trump to veto it.

n a substantial rebuke of President Donald Trump, the House of Representatives voted to end U.S. assistance for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen on Wednesday.

Spurred by the Trump administration’s ongoing support for Saudi Arabia following the assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, 18 Republicans joined the Democratic House majority to back a joint resolution “directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress.”

Though an amendment added by Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) provides an out for the U.S. government to continue gathering and sharing intelligence, the move marked a rare invocation of the War Powers Resolution, which Congress passed after the Vietnam War to limit presidential power on military operations.

Following the House vote on Wednesday, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) tweeted that he would “force a vote in the Senate” with Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

The three senators authored a similar resolution that passed with the support of seven Republicans last December, but the House, controlled by Republicans at the time, didn’t allow a vote.

If the Senate moves to rebuke Trump again over Saudi Arabia — which seems likely since six of the seven GOP senators who supported last year’s measure remain in office — the president would have to decide whether to sign off on the resolution or exercise the first veto of his administration.

The U.S. military’s involvement in Yemen’s civil war began in 2015 under President Barack Obama, but has intensified under Trump.

Airstrikes by U.S.-backed forces have killed nearly 20,000 civilians.

The conflict has caused a humanitarian crisis in Yemen, as U.S. intelligence estimates that 16 million people don’t have access to food or water and roughly 100,000 children have starved to death.

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+4 # twocents 2019-02-14 10:52
YES!! now let's get the Senate to approve and force Trump to sign it and stop our complicity in genocide.
 
 
+3 # Diane_Wilkinson_Trefethen_aka_tref 2019-02-14 11:55
Quoting twocents:
YES!! now let's get the Senate to approve and force Trump to sign it and stop our complicity in genocide.
There is nothing anyone, including either house of Congress, can do to "force Trump to sign" anything.

If this measure gets to Trump's desk and he vetoes it, and IF Congress is serious about taking back its Constitutional power to declare war, then each house can override the veto by a 2/3 vote and the bill would become law WITHOUT Trump's signature.
 
 
+3 # Diane_Wilkinson_Trefethen_aka_tref 2019-02-14 12:34
The Constitution gives the SOLE responsibility for declaring War to Congress. Foolishly, they yielded portions of that responsibility to the President. They need to modify or revoke that decision.

The overreaches and reckless uses of our military by Presidents during at least the last 50 years has amply demonstrated the wisdom of the authors of the Constitution in their choice to not allow JUST ONE MAN to exercise that awesome power. It is too easy for a "trusted" group of advisers, a political party, or a military cabal to convince (or blackmail or extort) a President while considerably more difficult to do that to the entire Congress.
 
 
+2 # maindrains 2019-02-14 12:36
Good! Its a pity it came so late and the driver seems to have been the murder of Kashoggi.. which , although terrible does not outdo the terrible suffering of the Yemini people or the immoral alliance with the Saudis.
 
 
+1 # Robbee 2019-02-14 15:09
House Rebukes Trump, Votes to End US Support of Saudi Arabia in Yemen War
By Frank Dale, ThinkProgress
14 February 19

The Senate passed a similar resolution last year. Doing so again could force Trump to veto it.

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