Update: Bernie Sanders withdrew his request for a vote due to White House opposition to the resolution
The Senate is expected to vote on the Yemen War Powers Resolution this week, and it could be brought to the floor as soon as Tuesday. The bill would end US support for the Saudi war and blockade on Yemen that has killed at least 377,000 people.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said last week that he would bring the resolution to the floor and that he believes he has enough votes to pass the legislation. Americans can dial 1-833-Stop-War to get connected with their senators to urge them to support the resolution.
The resolution has strong support from Democrats in the Senate, but according to the activist group Demand Progress, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is the only Republican to have come out publicly in favor of the resolution. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) could may also support the bill as he has led previous efforts to end the war in Yemen.
Click here to see if your members of Congress have said they support the war powers resolution. A version of the resolution has also been introduced in the House, which has received strong bipartisan support and 118 cosponsors, including 10 Republicans.
Last week, a group of House Democrats released a joint statement urging a swift passage of the resolution, including Rep. Adam Schiff (D-MA), the chair of the House Intelligence Committee. A similar resolution was passed by Congress in 2019, but the effort was vetoed by President Trump.
A ceasefire in Yemen expired in October, and there has been an increase in fighting on the ground, but there have been no reported Saudi airstrikes in Yemen or Houthi attacks inside Saudi Arabia.
Hassan El-Tayyab, of the Friends Committee on National Legislation, told The Intercept last week that the resolution could pressure the Saudis not to resume airstrikes. “By removing the possibility of more US support for Riyadh and its partners to renew airstrikes in Yemen, Congress can play a constructive role to keep the pressure on the Saudis to negotiate an extension of the truce,” he said.
Ending US support for the war would effectively ground the Saudi air force as it is reliant on US maintenance and other support. The US-backed coalition in Yemen is notorious for bombing civilians, and civilian casualties spiked earlier this year, right before the ceasefire was reached in March.