Yemen's rebels welcome USA vote against the war

Yemen's rebels welcome USA vote against the war

A handful of Republicans back then offered their support for the measure-or at least wouldn't block it from moving to a floor vote-because of their disgust with MbS and with the Trump administration for defending the Saudis and refusing to enact meaningful consequences for Khashoggi's murder.

The U.S. role in this needlessly destructive war is unlikely to end any time soon.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., also voted for the resolution.

"This Senate vote moves us one step closer to ending USA support for the catastrophic war in Yemen, a war that makes America complicit in the worst humanitarian crisis in the world", Paul Kawika Martin, senior director for policy and political affairs at Peace Action, said in astatement.

Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, who chairs the Foreign Relations Committee, argued that US support for the Saudi-led coalition helps facilitate peace talks and withdrawing from the conflict would delay an eventual political settlement.

"We should think twice about undermining those very partners whose cooperation we need for our own security", Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor ahead of the vote.

Lawmakers' willingness to break with Saudi Arabia over Yemen was amplified after Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a Saudi consulate in Istanbul late a year ago, and intelligence strongly suggested that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the country's de facto ruler, had ordered the operation or was at least aware of it. "I hope the Saudi leadership is paying attention".

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The passage of the measure, which was co-sponsored Sen.

Seven Republicans crossed over to support the measure, S.J.Res. 7 As Amended, including Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Steve Daines of Montana. Referring to the fact that the Saudis and Emiratis are deliberately starving Yemenis, Sen. The country provides weapons and refueling to the Saudi coalition.

Murphy said that after the Senate voted for a similar resolution previous year, the warring parties in Yemen moved towards a cease fire.

The conservative Heritage Foundation's James Jay Carafano dismissed that as a "narrative", calling Wednesday's vote "a bit of a one-off", that was, "intimately tied to the response to Jamal Khashoggi".

Win Without War, the Yemen Peace Project, the Friends Committee on National Legislation. We would not have been able to do any of this without them. It is only now that Congress is making an unusual attempt to check a war they didn't authorize. US support for the Saudis does not constitute engaging in "hostilities", the statement said, and the Yemen resolution "seeks to override the president's determination as commander in chief".

After the vote in the Senate, the White House argued that the premise of the resolution was flawed and that it would undermine the fight against extremism.

"Ending U.S. support will put even more pressure on Saudi Arabia and the UAE to change their tactics and finally negotiate an end to the war", Martin concluded.

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