House passes resolution to withdraw US support in Yemen

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05 April 2019| 28 Rajab 1440| Middle East Monitor

The House of Representatives passed a resolution Thursday to end American support for the war in Yemen, offering another rebuke to US President Donald Trump’s foreign policy, Anadolu Agency reports.

The measure passed by a 243-176 vote with bipartisan support but is likely to be vetoed by Trump.

The legislation was introduced in the Senate, co-sponsored by presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders, invoking the War Powers resolution, a federal law that gives Congress the power to check the president when committing the US to an armed conflict.

This resolution will now be sent to Trump’s desk, and it will be the first time in US history that a president will be presented with such a resolution.

“Today we took a clear stand against war and famine and for Congress’ war powers by voting to end our complicity in the war in Yemen,” Sanders said. “This is just the beginning of a national debate over when and where we go to war and Congress’ authority over those interventions.”