White House threatens veto of Yemen war resolution

White House threatens veto of Yemen war resolution

White House threatens veto of Yemen war resolution

The Senate's vote on Yemen war came as USA lawmakers have escalated their opposition to Saudi Arabia after the October murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul. However, the White House has stated that if the resolution were to land on US President Donald Trump's desk, he would veto it.

By cancelling the blank check in Yemen, Congress now has momentum to finally repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), which authorized the US invasion of Afghanistan but has been used since to justify subsequent and unrelated wars.

Reprinted from The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity.

It is the second time the Senate has approved a measure that would curb USA military involvement in Yemen.

Opponents of the resolution warned Wednesday that it was "fundamentally flawed" and would compromise efforts to encourage a negotiated settlement to the Yemen conflict by making the USA position appear fractured. "We need cooperation from Yemen, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia to defeat these terrorists". Mike Lee of Utah, the vote passed in a final count of 54-46.

According to Al-Jazeera news reports, Senator Bernie Sanders said, "We have the opportunity to take a major step forward in ending the horrific war in Yemen and alleviating that awful, bad suffering being experienced by the people in one of the poorest countries in the world".

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Many US lawmakers have taken issue with the number of civilian deaths in Yemen's conflict and have been calling for an end of US military support ever since the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last October.

The Saudi-led war, which at times targeted civilian facilities and prevented aid shipments from getting to Yemenis, had been faulted by human rights organizations for exacerbating what the United Nations called the world's "worst humanitarian catastrophe".

Murphy said that after the Senate voted for a similar resolution a year ago, the warring parties in Yemen moved towards a cease fire. "The relationship with the crown prince is so toxic, so tainted, so flawed that I can't ever see myself doing business with Saudi Arabia in the future unless there is change there", he said in December.

Seven Republicans broke with Trump to support the resolution, which was co-sponsored by Sens. The Senate unanimously agreed to retain similar language today by voice vote with an amendment from Sen. It is only now that Congress is making an unusual attempt to check a war they didn't authorize.

The Senate resolution, an unprecedented attempt to curtail presidential powers, sought to end the U.S. military involvement in the conflict within 30 days.

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