Senate passes resolution to end U.S. involvement in Yemen war, defying veto threat from President Trump

Senate passes resolution to end U.S. involvement in Yemen war, defying veto threat from President Trump

The Senate voted to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi-led conflict in Yemen as some Republicans joined Democrats in a rebuke of President Donald Trump over his response to the killing of columnist Jamal Khashoggi. The administration has threatened a veto.

The resolution, approved 54-46 on Wednesday, would direct the president to remove U.S. armed forces from hostilities in or affecting that country within 30 days unless authorized by Congress. The House, which adopted a slightly different version in February, is expected to take up the Senate version in the coming weeks.

The action came a day before Thursday’s scheduled Senate vote on a House-passed resolution to block Trump’s national emergency declaration to pay for a wall on border with Mexico. That resolution is likely to receive enough Republican votes to pass, and Trump has said he will also veto it.

These would be the first vetoes of Trump’s presidency, as Republicans in Congress have generally been reluctant to oppose the president. Yet neither measure appears to have enough Republican support to override a veto, in part because the president remains popular with GOP voters.

Yemen resolution co-sponsor Bernie Sanders of Vermont noted that the Senate also approved the measure in December, but the House -- then controlled by Republicans -- didn’t take it up.

"Yemen is now experiencing the worst humanitarian disaster on the planet" as a result of the war, Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, said on the Senate floor shortly before the vote. "And today, equally important, we can finally begin the process of reasserting Congress’ responsibility over war making."


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