The United States Senate approved a War Powers Resolution Wednesday that would end U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, which has killed tens of thousands of children and brought half of Yemen’s 28 million people to the brink of starvation. Seven Republicans crossed the aisle to join the Democratic Caucus in Wednesday’s 54-46 vote on the measure, which requires President Trump to cut off military support for the war in Yemen—unless U.S. troops are directly involved in fighting al-Qaeda. This is Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders, who co-sponsored the resolution with Utah Republican Mike Lee.
Sen. Bernie Sanders: “Today is an extremely important day. Today, we in the Senate have the opportunity to take a major step forward in ending the horrific war in Yemen and alleviating the terrible, terrible suffering being experienced by the people in one of the poorest countries on Earth. And today, equally important, we can finally begin the process of reasserting Congress’s responsibility over war making.”
The Senate passed a similar War Powers Resolution on Yemen late last year, but it died after then-Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan refused to bring it to a vote. The new Democratic-controlled House is expected to finalize approval of the measure, though the White House has signaled President Trump will veto it.