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OffbeatSenate heading for historic vote to pull US military aid to Saudi Arabia

11:41  06 december  2018
11:41  06 december  2018 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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The Senate could begin debating a measure as early as Monday that would override the Trump administration and force the withdrawal of U . S . support for the Saudi -led war in Yemen. The Senate has never considered a measure to withdraw U . S . military forces from an overseas conflict, and the

The US Senate has rejected a resolution that would end US military support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen. It comes just as President Donald Trump meets So Congress is well within its right to vote on whether these activities should continue,” Lee said in the Senate last week. The timing couldn’t be.

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The Senate could begin debating a measure as early as Monday that would override the Trump administration and force the withdrawal of U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

The effort is fueled in large part by a strong sense among lawmakers in both parties that the United States needs to rebuke Saudi Arabia over the murder of dissident Jamal Khashoggi.

The Senate has never considered a measure to withdraw U.S. military forces from an overseas conflict, and the resolution would compel them to take such a vote. Many think the Senate will take it up.

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The US Senate has voted to withdraw US military aid for Saudi Arabia 's war on Yemen and to blame the kingdom's crown prince for the murder of a journalist. The historic vote is the first time any chamber of US Congress has agreed to pull US forces from a military conflict under the 1973 War

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted on Thursday to end American military assistance for Saudi Arabia ’s war in Yemen in the strongest show of bipartisan defiance against President Trump’s defense of the kingdom over the killing of a dissident journalist.

The vote hasn’t been scheduled yet, but Senate lawmakers anticipate Monday’s agenda will include passage of a motion to proceed to the joint resolution.

“My guess is it’s got more than 51,” said Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., referring to a majority vote in the Senate that would be needed to proceed to the measure. “My sense is the motion to proceed will be successful.”

The tri-partisan measure is sponsored by Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn. and calls for ending U.S. military involvement in the war between a Saudi-led coalition and Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen.

Sanders, Lee, and Murphy believe the United States should not be aiding the Saudis in a war that has created a humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

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Senators wrestle with rebuke of Saudis for Khashoggi killing Senators are considering multiple pieces of legislation to formally rebuke Saudi Arabia for the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, with momentum building for a resolution to call Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman complicit in the killing.Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said Thursday that senators are looking at moving three measures — a resolution to condemn the crown prince for Khashoggi's murder, a bill to suspend arms sales to the kingdom and a resolution to call on President Donald Trump's administration to pull back U.S. help for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Resolution to curb military support passes by 56 votes to 41 and reflects lack of confidence in Trump over Yemen and Saudi Arabia .

WASHINGTON — The House voted on Wednesday to end American military assistance for Saudi Arabia ’s war in Yemen, a defiant and rare move to curtail presidential war Senate passage of the Yemen resolution could prompt Mr. Trump to issue the first veto of his presidency, and it would come

According to lawmakers, 10,000 civilians have been killed in the war and 40,000 have been wounded. The majority of the population is struggling to avoid starvation.

A large faction of Republican lawmakers is eager to avoid a vote on the War Powers Act because they believe it would set a dangerous precedent that could be applied to any United States ally. At the same time, they are determined to rebuke the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who the CIA determined is responsible for the October murder and dismemberment of Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Corker, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and other lawmakers are working behind closed doors to come up with an alternative to the War Powers Resolution that would sanction the crown prince, although Corker would not provide the details of that plan.

Lawmakers will meet Thursday morning to discuss what they hope can serve as a substitute to the Lee-Sanders-Murphy resolution.

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The US Senate has voted to withdraw US military aid for Saudi Arabia 's war on Yemen and to blame the kingdom's crown prince for the murder of a journalist. The historic vote is the first time any chamber of US Congress has agreed to pull US forces from a military conflict under the 1973 War

Saudi Arabia , Trump administration, U . S . Senate , Yemen. The Kerry terms required the Yemeni president to step down in exchange for a Houthi military Though it received enough votes in the Senate on Wednesday, members of Congress must still band together to overturn a presidential veto.

Graham is mulling a variety of alternatives, including one that would stop the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia and suspend U.S. support in Yemen until the crown prince is punished or held accountable for Khashoggi’s death.

On Wednesday, Graham and others introduced a resolution that holds the crown prince responsible for Khashoggi's murder and calls for the United States and the international community to hold the Saudis and the crown prince responsible.

It's not clear now the resolution will impact the Lee-Sanders-Murphy measure.

Murphy said he won’t support any bill that leaves the U.S. in Yemen.

“I’m upset about Khashoggi,” Murphy said Wednesday as he walked into the Senate chamber for a vote. “But I’m more upset about the fact that this Congress has allowed thousands of kids to die inside Yemen. If this resolution doesn’t end U.S. participation in the war in Yemen then there are not 50 votes for the final product.”

Senate Flexes Congress’ War Powers Authority, For First Time Ever.
The Senate on Thursday ordered the Pentagon to cease its military involvement on behalf of Saudi Arabia in the Yemeni civil war. It marked the first time since the 1973 passage of the War Powers Act that the Senate has ordered the executive branch to end an unauthorized military campaign. The Senate passed, 56-41, the joint resolution, as amended, that would direct the president to remove U.S. armed forces from hostilities in or affecting the Republic of Yemen, except forces engaged in operations directed at Al Qaeda or associated forces, within 30 days of the joint resolution’s adoption of the joint resolution, unless and until a declaration of war or specific authorizatio

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