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Senate Rebukes Trump with Vote Ordering the U.S. Military to End its Support for Saudi-led War in Yemen

Senate Rebukes Trump with Vote Ordering the U.S. Military to End its Support for Saudi-led War in Yemen by Karoun Demirjian – Washington Post

The Senate voted Wednesday to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, its latest rebuke of the Trump administration’s continued embrace of the Saudi regime despite growing frustration among lawmakers with its actions on the world stage.

 

The vote marks the second time in recent months that the Senate has rejected the United States’ continued participation in the Saudi-led bombing campaign against Yemen’s Houthi rebels, waged in the name of holding back Iranian expansion in the Gulf. But the Saudi-led effort, which has at times targeted civilian facilities and prevented aid shipments from getting to Yemenis in need, has been faulted by human rights organizations for exacerbating what the United Nations has deemed the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe.

 

“We should not be associated with a bombing campaign that the UN tells us is likely a gross violation of human rights,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said on the Senate floor Wednesday.

 

For supporters, the resolution is not just about taking a moral stand on human rights, but also about asserting Congress’ fundamental constitutional privilege to declare war…

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