A group of House Democrats on Thursday released a statement welcoming Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) plan to bring the Yemen War Powers Resolution to the floor of the Senate for a vote next week.
The resolution would end US support for the Saudi war and blockade on Yemen that, according to the UN, has killed at least 377,000 people, more than half of which were children under the age of five.
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Rep. Adam Schiff, the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, and other lawmakers urged in the statement for the Senate to “swiftly pass this legislation with a strong majority and send it to the House for quick adoption, and then to the President’s desk for his signature before the end of the 117th Congress.”
The lawmakers who joined Schiff in the statement were Reps. Ro Khanna (D-CA), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Jim McGovern (D-MA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA).
The resolution directs the removal of US armed forces from “hostilities” in Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress. The US involvement in the war includes providing intelligence and logistics support for Saudi operations against the Houthis and the maintenance of Saudi warplanes.
Because of the nature of the US role in the war, the resolution’s definition of hostilities includes the “sharing intelligence for the purpose of enabling offensive coalition strikes” and “providing logistical support for offensive coalition strikes, including by providing maintenance or transferring spare parts to coalition members flying warplanes.”
Violence has been down in Yemen this year thanks to a ceasefire that was enacted from March to October. Since the ceasefire expired, there have been no reported Saudi airstrikes in Yemen or Houthi attacks inside Saudi Arabia. But there has been increased fighting on the ground, and while the blockade has been eased since the ceasefire, it hasn’t been fully lifted.
The statement said that passing the resolution would “help prevent the resumption of Saudi airstrikes and end US military support for this war.” The lawmakers said this would show “the Saudis that US support is not a blank check.”
The push to pass the resolution comes as Democrats have called to fundamentally change the relationship with Saudi Arabia due to cuts in oil production OPEC+ announced in October. The statement said that passing the resolution would help “advance the Biden administration’s goal of recalibrating the US-Saudi relationship to better serve our shared national interests.”
9 thoughts on “House Lawmakers Urge Swift Passage of Yemen War Powers Resolution”
most of the time most of the representatives are conveniently absent from the actual house sessions when it comes time to vote
C-span camera focusing on the gallery usually shows that very few, if any, representatives are in there when someone is pontificating.
Great! Then the MIC can shift even more attention to the war in Ukraine and the operations to provoke China. Fantastic!
That is called multitasking…
It’s the ultimate irony that US support for the murderous Saudi regime hinges on the price of oil, not the humanitarian disaster that has been happening in Yemen for many years. After the totally avoidable deaths of tens of thousands of children in Yemen, we are now ready for a war powers resolution? How heartwarming, Bernie… not.
They do not care about murderous regimes. Zelenski is more murderous in his zeal to exterminate Russian speakers and the Christian Orthidoxy from Ukraine. Millions of people to be expellled or converted to “ukrainianism” whatever that means.
US is angry at Saudis ever since our handpicked Mohammed Bin Nayaf was removed from Crown Prince position. He started Yemn war on our urging. but was remived by Saudi clans in June 2017 when King’s own son was appointed Crown Prince. MBN was removed after a disasterous fate ig Saudi funded ISIS, the brain child of US and British through MBN while still the Minister of the Interior. Trump foming to power meant US not allowing Syria and Iraq with Russian help beat ISIS. Obama just played old worn out trick of killing “leaders”, but essentially enabling ISIS to control key areas on Iraq/Syria bordet, and then replacing them gradually with our Kurdish allies. So darn transparent. ISIS was suppised to be defeated but with US controlled Kurds taking chunks of Syria and Iraq, while Sunni Arabs of Syria and Iraq to be controlled by Saudi Arabia, leaving region divided into weak Shia in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon separated from each other by Kurdish “autonomy” and Saudi controlled “Caliphate” while Turkey would be isolated from Gulf and Iran from everybody,
Did not work. Trump did not but into grand plan. The plan was not to Israel liking either unless ISIS would rule in Damascus and Beirut. But half baked plan giving Saudis power, was not flyinv in Tel Aviv. Trump curtailed mission by twlling Saudis that ISIS has to go, and their role is to control Yemen so that US cqn set up base in Southern Yemen controlling straits. Once MBS became stronger (after Kashogi murder was authorized to reirganize internal/external security purging MBN loyalist. Very little value remains of poor Kashoggi that was litteraly a sacrificial lamb so MBS would ve set up. Turkey spoiled the whole thing by having everything inside and outside the consulate recorded — every word by assasins and the victim. And assasins coming and going back to SA, Of course identified and tried in Saudi Arabia, and their paymasters identified, Saudi Arabia knows that we know that they know. End of story, Prince in no mood to be forgiving. Saudi money goes not into US inspired projects — from Al-Qaeda to (original) Taliban, assorted Salafis and then consolidated ISIS. Now it goes into building infrastructure, new cities, new industries.
Fighting is now in the South where no end gqme is clear yet. Southern independence minded groups, and assorted mercenaries are dukung it out.l. Saudis have not given up their interests there like the port of Mukkalla.
Democrats are desparate now to get out of POLITICAL AGREEMENTS with Saudis –
”support” in weapins would be nothing but money loss.
Xi is the star of Arab world as he wraps up his visit to Saudi Arabia and a slew of virtual meetings with Gulf and Egypt,
How about that little deal in Ukraine???? Also, why did the Pentagon give Kiev the go ahead to strike deep into Russia???? Why are we escalating things in Somalia???? Why do we want to get involved in Haiti, again???? Why do we have a trillion dollar “defense” budget????
There is something fishy about Demicrats playing peace loving, dusinterested party, Now that Saudis have dissed Biden on OPEC rulung, and are having some kind under the table understanding with Houthis — US wants out of the deal with Saudis. Why? Human rights? Yemeni victims? Please. By getting out of Saydi deal US becomes a free agent in Red Sea. Now ir is limited by “coalition” that includes Sudan and Egypt. Basically US cannot be a free agent in controling Bab Al-Mandeb straits. But if it gets out of tge deal -/ it can do that potetially blicking trade to from Asia for Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Egypt and Europe. Basically block China as well. Now that Xi is makingcdeals with Saudis, Gulf and Egypt, Democrats ars in a hurry to break free from the coalition in the nane of poor Yemen! But Russia is positioning its sub fleet in Red Sea — Sudan, while China has military in Djibuti.
Stage is set for another high state Demicrat war. God save us from hunger, plague and Demicrats. Republucans are not capable of thinking this big and their gambling ambitions more conservative.
Whatever the underlying motive for this resolution, it is excellent news and long overdue. They should do the same for the support to Ukraine war.
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