This is the second time in months a bill on pulling US forces from the military conflict has been voted on in the US Senate - last December's move later stalled in the then Republican-led Congress. "But positive engagement from the U.S.is crucial".
The Senate is poised to vote Wednesday on ending US support for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition fighting in Yemen, legislation the White House has threatened to veto. "This resolution sends a awful message of US division and lack of resolve, and sets a bad precedent for using the War Powers Resolution to express political disagreements with a president".
Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., addressed those tensions when he urged his colleagues to oppose the measure.
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 previous year, 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. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who co-sponsored the Sanders bill along with Sen. Trump has pledged to veto the draft resolution.
But Khashoggi's murder doesn't account for all Republican defections. The Democratic Senators were joined by six Republican Senators. Referring to the fact that the Saudis and Emiratis are deliberately starving Yemenis, Sen.
However, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, who heads the Houthis' so-called Supreme Revolutionary Committees, called upon other Western countries to take similar steps against what he described as "American, British, Israeli, Saudi, and Emirati hegemony over Yemen". Saudi Arabia's lobbyists did indeed mobilize to try to quash these votes, but their efforts fell far short, in large part because of a mass grassroots activist mobilization over the last few years pushing Congress to act.
"Our focus should be on ending the war in Yemen responsibly", he said. We would not have been able to do any of this without them.
"Today the Senate sent a strong message that only Congress is allowed to decide if our country goes to war".
The Senate resolution, an unprecedented attempt to curtail presidential powers, seeks to end USA military involvement in the conflict within 30 days.
"By remaining engaged, the USA retains influence over the coalition's actions in Yemen and can continue to press for an end to the conflict". Some Senate Republicans this week plan to vote again Trump's emergency declaration, congressional Republicans backed Trump off a withdrawal of US troops from Syria last month, and the House passed a resolution in January to bar a usa exit from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
Ben Armbruster is the communications director for Win Without War and previously served as national security editor at ThinkProgress.