Senators to force vote on U.S. involvement in Yemen war

Senators to force vote on U.S. involvement in Yemen war

Three US senators have introduced a resolution that will force the chamber to vote for the first time on whether the US should continue to support Saudi Arabia in the war in Yemen, a conflict that has led to the deaths of at least 10,000 civilians there and driven the Middle East's poorest country to the brink of starvation. The bill will force the first-ever vote in the Senate to withdraw U.S. Armed Forces from an unauthorized war.

"Many Americans are also not aware that USA forces have been actively involved in support of the Saudis in this war, providing intelligence and aerial refuelling of planes, whose bombs have killed thousands of people and made this crisis far worse".

It has been reported that a Yemeni child under the age of 5 dies of preventable causes every 10 minutes because of the conflict. More than 10,000 have died and more than 40,000 have been wounded as access to food, clean water and sanitation deteriorates.

According to material provided by the Senate offices, the legislation would remove "US armed forces from hostilities between the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis in Yemen pursuant to the War Powers Resolution", a law passed in 1973 as a check on the president's war-making powers. "And so that provides us the authority to provide that support to them", he said.

Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut) introduced a bipartisan joint resolution on Wednesday that calls for the removal of American armed forces in Yemen, the Middle East's poorest country.

At least 13,600 people, majority civilians, have been killed since Saudis launched the aggression in March 2015.

The current war powers were issued in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001 and 2002 when the United States went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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The effort seeks to invoke the War Powers Resolution and end the United States role in the war-ravaged country.

WASHINGTON ― The Trump administration and GOP leaders started lobbying against a bipartisan resolution questioning the US role in the civil war in Yemen before Sens.

"It can authorise - or decline to authorise - military engagement and define U.S. national interests", Lee said.

The two said that they would try to move the resolution through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but the committee may table it. "This horror is caused in part by our decision to facilitate a bombing campaign that is murdering children, and to endorse a Saudi strategy inside Yemen that is deliberately using disease and starvation and the withdrawal of humanitarian support as a tactic".

"Many Americans are unaware that the people of Yemen are suffering today from a devastating civil war with Saudi Arabia and their allies on one side and Houthi rebels on the other", said Sanders.

A similar effort, introduced previous year in the House by two Democrats and two Republicans, has 50 cosponsors.