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.
15 thoughts on “Senate Expected to Vote on Yemen War Powers Resolution Tuesday”
Bernie is the Ever Ready Bunny for PEACE.
On occasion. I don’t know what kind of peace he is expecting when he votes for more weaponry to be sent to the sacrificial lambs in Ukraine.
Bernie made sure that 20 F-35s are based in Vermont.
The MIC has stuff in nearly all 50 states. A politician who gripes about it will soon be unemployed.
He is hot to trot on overthrowing the Assad administration in Syria, while we steal Syrian oil, station troops in the NE area of Syria.
We know the answer. One more war, properly authorized by Congress. Separating from the Saudis is the begining of the retaliation for Saudi deals with Russia and China. Simpleton answer is, war in the Straits, and disrupt Saudi oil flow to Asia. And any chaos in either Straits would block Saudi oil. This is why Saudis are trying to cut a deal with one or mire Sothern independence minded regions to get access to Indian ocean and establish pipelines indepenndent of Us ability to disrupt straits shipping.
To sell us another WAR POWERS ACT
“Ending US support for the war would effectively ground the Saudi air force” That is not going to happen.
How about voting to end the war in Ukraine.
That’s not up to the US Congress, it’s up to the Russian Federal Assembly.
Bull. The war ends the day the US and the EU stop supporting the successor state to the 2014 coup they instigated.
I cannot belueve the duplicity. All that will happen when US gets its own war powers resolution is a separation of US from the coalition that includes Saudis, Sudan and Egypt.? This atming Ssudis bs is a smoke screen so resolutikn looks humane. Now that Saudis and Houthis have wn understanding, and who-is-who in the South murkier, coalition is a constraining factor. Once US gets out of it we will see US independebt action in Bab-al-Mandeb. Hope I am wrong, and we do not get another coalition of the willing un the Gulf.
Warmongers suddenly becoming peacemakers? Bernie Sanders of all people to sell more war.
My hope is that there will be no coalition of the willing in the Gulf.
don’t have high expectations given hawks infest Congress – but we’ll see…
As expected this act will not make it. Things have changed since the last time it passed and Trump vetoed it. The big change of course is Putin’s war. Like it or not, it is important to keep Saudis on the US side. The part of the act that prohibits “providing maintenance or transferring spare parts to coalition members flying warplanes engaged in anti-Houthi bombings in Yemen” insures the defeat or veto of the act.
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