Published: Thu, February 14, 2019

House to vote on ending U.S. involvement in Yemen war

House to vote on ending U.S. involvement in Yemen war

The US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved a resolution to end Washington's support for the Saudi war in Yemen.

House lawmakers are set to vote on a on a proposed bill to end USA involvement in the proxy war in Yemen.

The measure, which passed 248-177, now goes to the Senate, where if it passes, it would be the first time Congress has relied on the decades-old War Powers Resolution to remove or restrict United States military action. The administration missed a February 7 reporting deadline stemming from the Global Magnitsky Act, which gave President Trump 120 days to make a determination and state whether the US would sanction anyone deemed responsible for the murder. The Trump administration stopped refuelling Saudi coalition planes last fall, but intelligence sharing and other logistical support have been ongoing.

Two weeks ago, the White House issued a veto threat against the resolution, saying in a statement of administration policy that the "premise of the joint resolution is flawed" and that US assistance to the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen is "limited".

The Democratic-led House on Wednesday voted 248 to 177 to approve the measure, which will now go to the Senate. It also said the measure would harm relationships in the region and hurt the USA ability to prevent the spread of violent extremism.

A previous version of the resolution passed the Senate by 56-41 in December.

Concerning the bill's potential impact on Yemen, Mr Heras argued that "this resolution will accomplish nothing to end hostilities between Saudi Arabia and the Houthis, and in fact, it may backfire". The analyst said he feared that "it will weaken efforts to get the Houthis to the negotiating table in the UN-led peace process, and war may get worse because Saudi Arabia would then have no USA constraints on its air campaign".

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