USA support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen must end, senators say

USA support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen must end, senators say

"Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) introduced Wednesday a bipartisan joint resolution to remove US Armed Forces from hostilities between the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis in Yemen pursuant to the War Powers Resolution", the press release, issued Wednesday, said.

Three senators have proposed a resolution that will force the Senate to vote on USA support for Saudi Arabia in the war in Yemen.

The resolution refers to Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, which states that a U.S. president needs congressional approval to declare war.

Given that war-making powers belong to Congress, they argued that USA activities in the conflict are unconstitutional. Via Twitter Sanders criticized USA conformity with its government's interventionist policies and stated: "the time is long overdue for Congress to reassert its constitutional role in determining when and where our country goes to war".

For decades, members of Congress have wrangled with how to restore its war-making powers from a succession of assertive administrations.

The U.S. support in Yemen ties into a larger argument on the Trump administration's continued use of a 2001 authorization for use of military force (AUMF), passed following the 9/11 terrorist attacks to justify a range of military actions.

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USA forces have provided support for Saudi Arabia and the Yemen government in their fight against Iran-backed Houthi rebels, which the lawmakers contend the military has not been given proper authority to do.

Earlier this week, the commander of U.S. Central Command, Army Gen. Joseph Votel, told lawmakers that the support was being provided under bilateral arms sales and logistical agreements.

Since then, the USA has been helping the Saudi-led coalition with weaponry and logistical support. As with many of our military involvements around the world, none of our military intervention in support of the Saudi's has been authorized by Congress. Overall, more than 10,000 civilians have died and more than 40,000 have been injured over the course of this war.

The bill intends to exploit a powerful but rarely activated provision in a 1973 law - the War Powers Act - that gives Congress the authority to overrule the president and withdraw troops if the former believes the conflict is not authorised. "There is no legal authorization for the United States to be part of a war inside Yemen, and Congress can not continue to be silent".

"If we can establish this principle, it will be a significant departure from past foreign policy in the United States", Sanders said.

Senate rules require a vote on the resolution by March 9. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and Walter Jones (R-N.C.), has 50 cosponsors in the House.

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