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Senators Defy White House, Move to End U.S. Role in Yemen

Senators Defy White House, Move to End U.S. Role in Yemen by Claudia Grisales - Stars & Stripes

The Senate on Wednesday voted to move a legislative measure forward that could end the U.S. military role in Yemen and its support of the Saudi-led coalition there, effectively rebuking pleas from White House officials to dismiss the plan.

In a procedural vote late Wednesday, senators voted 63 to 37 for an upper chamber debate on the resolution to reverse U.S. support of the Saudis in war-torn Yemen.

The vote increases pressure on the White House to re-evaluate its current direction in Yemen, as well as push for a peaceful resolution in the country’s ongoing civil war.

The move comes on the heels of a closed-door meeting in the Capitol earlier Wednesday between senators and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Mattis and Pompeo urged the senators to thwart the resolution…

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