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Houthis hail US vote on Saudi-coalition support

16 March 2019
Houthis hail US vote on Saudi-coalition support

The Republican-led Senate passed the resolution on Wednesday by a 54 to 46 tally, seeking to halt any United States military involvement in the conflict, including providing targeting support for Saudi airstrikes, without authorization from Congress.

The Senate's vote on Yemen war came as U.S. lawmakers have escalated their opposition to Saudi Arabia after the October murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

The powerful Houthi leader, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, who heads the so-called Supreme Revolutionary Committees, also hailed the vote and called upon other Western countries to take similar steps against what he described as "American, British, Israeli, Saudi, and Emirati hegemony over Yemen". Indeed, a lead sponsor of Wednesday's Senate bill was Sen.

Since at least 9/11, USA foreign policy has been dominated by an executive branch run by leaders of both parties seemingly bent on expanding where and when the United States is involved in war, a status quo that allowed the Yemen war to continue without congressional authorization.

"The United States Congress is going to reassert its constitutional responsibility over issues of war that have been abdicated for presidents, Democrats and Republicans, for too many years", Sanders said.

Republicans and Democrats alike have bristled over the White House's apparent embrace of the kingdom and its leadership.

The vote on the war powers resolution will be the second within four months in the Senate. "The Saudi-led war in Yemen has caused 85,000 children to starve to death". "Not defense contractors. I'm proud to work with Bernie Sanders on the War Powers Resolution to end the civil war on Yemen", said U.S. Representative Ro Khanna, the point person in the House Democratic caucus for ending the war in Yemen.

"We should not be associated with a bombing campaign that the United Nations tells us is likely a gross violation of human rights", Murphy said on the Senate floor Wednesday.

"Most of the advocacy around this war in the USA has focused on what we want the stop doing - refuelling, selling arms, blocking Security Council actions, etc. ..."

In addition to arms, USA military experts have acted as advisers to the Saudi and Emirati command centers in Riyadh and elsewhere, and a US pullout could also impact intelligence gathering.

The Senate gave President Donald Trump a strong rebuke and Sen.

"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.