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OffbeatDespite Yemen vote, no Saudi policy changes likely until next year

05:40  07 december  2018
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Senate advances Yemen resolution in rebuke to Trump

Senate advances Yemen resolution in rebuke to Trump The Senate advanced a resolution on Wednesday to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, dealing a significant blow to the Trump administration. The Senate voted 63-37 to discharge the resolution from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. A simple majority was needed to move it forward. The resolution, spearheaded by Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), would require Trump to withdraw any troops in "or affecting" Yemen within 30 days unless they are fighting al Qaeda.

What the Yemen Vote Reveals About the Democratic Party. In September of that year , Democratic Senator Chris Murphy and Republican Senator Rand Paul forced a vote on a sale of tanks, many of them designed to replace Saudi ones damaged in the Yemen war.

Yemen ’s mounting internal divisions and a Saudi -led military intervention have spawned an escalating political Saudi Arabia and Iran are likely to escalate their commitments to their local allies as they compete for But the Saudi -led intervention passed its one- year anniversary with its main objective

Despite Yemen vote, no Saudi policy changes likely until next year© J. Scott Applewhite/AP Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker speaks to reporters after a closed-door security briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel on the slaying of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the involvement of the Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018.

The Senate is poised to respond to the brutal killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi with a historic vote next week aimed at ending U.S. support for Saudi hostilities in Yemen — but it will almost certainly take until next year before sweeping changes to Saudi policy stand a chance of clearing Congress.

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Despite – or indeed perhaps because of – rising tensions in Saudi Arabia’s neighborhood, continuity and stability will be Saudi priorities as well, many regional analysts say. Those tensions include Yemen ’s collapse into chaos, spreading Islamist extremism, and the rising influence of Iran.

The Yemen bill appears to be little more than a PR stunt by Democrats and Democratic-aligned senators to distance themselves from Republicans. Amazing news: The Senate just voted 63-37 in support of a bill to end the US- Saudi war on Yemen .

Growing momentum to punish Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for ordering Khashoggi’s killing — and rebuke President Trump for supporting Mohammed’s denials — is running into a traditional biannual roadblock: the end of the congressional session. With only days left on the legislative calendar, leaders are loath to devote precious floor time to anything that isn’t already a must-do — a limitation that threatens to leave the most substantive Saudi proposals unaddressed.

“We don’t have time this year,” Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) said, ticking off the major proposals on offer: sanctions against Saudi officials, a moratorium on weapons transfers, an official condemnation of the crown prince and a move to end U.S. involvement in Saudi’s Yemen campaign. Somewhere between them all, Graham guessed, lies a compromise bill that can secure veto-proof support.

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Last year , Saudi Arabia said it was engaging in a 0 million, multiyear training program through the American military, and taking several other measures “ Saudi Arabia had made pledges to make its engagement in Yemen less deadly and destructive,” said Scott Paul, a policy specialist on Yemen at

What is happening in Yemen and how Saudi Arabia's airstrikes are affecting civilians - explainer. The episode underlines the fragility of political support at Westminster for the UK’s continuing close relations with the country. The joint report by the business and international development committees

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But striking the balance will take time, and “I just don’t think we have time to do all that right now,” Graham said.

The only Saudi-related measure that the Senate is guaranteed to take up this year is a resolution from Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) to invoke the War Powers Act and end U.S. military support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen.

Passing the Yemen resolution would send a powerful political signal, though some senators dispute how much it could affect U.S.-Saudi cooperation, following the Trump administration’s decision last month to stop refueling Saudi planes. Washington continues to provide Saudi Arabia with intelligence and logistical support.

Nonetheless, the resolution secured an unprecedented 63 votes last week to clear an opening procedural hurdle, and if it remains largely unchanged, is expected to sustain enough support to proceed past the Senate, according to both its supporters and critics. But odds are lawmakers will not be able to force House leaders to give it a vote before the end of the year — and there is nothing preventing Trump from vetoing the measure.

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Paul Ryan blocks House from taking up Yemen bill House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday pushed language through the House that will prevent lawmakers from taking up any resolution to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen this year. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The language was passed just as the Senate was set to start debate on a resolution that aims to end U.S. involvement in Yemen, a response to anger over Saudi Arabia's involvement in the death of dissident Jamal Khashoggi.

Yemen , always an impoverished country, has been upended for two years by fighting between the Saudi -backed military coalition and Houthi rebels and their allies (with limited support from Iran). We should cut off military transfers to Saudi Arabia until it ends its strangulation of Yemen .

He or she is expected to show no favoritism to any particular country, but the office is largely dependent on the funding and the good will of the most powerful nations. The Security Council — notably the P5 — chooses the secretary general, by secret ballot, to serve a maximum of two five- year terms.

The Yemen resolution is also an unlikely vehicle for other Saudi-related legislation seeking to deliver punitive blows to the kingdom. To avoid losing support for the resolution, senators are planning to narrowly limit the scope of amendments that can be attached to it — and supporters say no other Saudi-related legislation will make the cut.

The only way to include something like a sanctions bill “would be to open the door to all types of amendments, and that would be a disaster,” said Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), who co-wrote a bill to sanction Saudi officials and end weapons transfers with Sen. Todd C. Young (R-Ind.), Graham and others.

That leaves only one other potential vehicle open to Saudi legislation: a spending bill that Congress must pass by Dec. 21. But leading appropriators simply do not want to weigh it down.

“The fewer things we put on the approps bill, the better chance of passage,” Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) said Thursday. “I’d rather deal with appropriations for the most part and keep legislation off, anywhere I can.”

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The Latest: Senate debating measure to rebuke Saudi Arabia The Senate has started debate on a resolution calling on the U.S. to pull assistance from the Saudi-led war in Yemen. It's a measure that has won new support in the aftermath of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Senators have been enraged over Khashoggi's killing in October and over President Donald Trump's equivocating on who is to blame. U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman must have at least known of the plot to kill Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Turkey. ___ 12:35 p.m.

The Saudi military coalition – which receives logistical support, weapons and political backing from the US Britain has also continued to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia despite mounting worries over civilian deaths Yemen crisis: More than one million children suffering from malnutrition. Last year , the UK

Yemen has experienced years of political strife that grew out of Yemen ’s Arab Spring protests in 2011 that has culminated in a civil war. There’s no excuse and no veneer of reform that can change what is really happening in Saudi Arabia. Tell Google no business with the Prince until he ends his war on

Against that backdrop, a bipartisan group of senators met Thursday morning to hash out how best to proceed with efforts to counter Saudi Arabia and circumvent Trump’s reluctance to criticize its leader. Republican lawmakers emerged from the meeting agitating for a committee markup next week to improve sanctions legislation and try to build support for it from across the political spectrum.

“If nothing else, if we could just roll out a new product that get 60 co-sponsors, that’d be a good place to start . . . it’s the product that becomes your jumping-off point for next year,” Graham said.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who is retiring at the end of the year, also advocated a full-steam-ahead approach, reasoning it would only make it easier to revive legislation down the line.

“It’s not like it’s going away; I mean, this is going to be brought back up next year,” Corker said.

But many lawmakers are worried that Corker’s successor, Sen. James E. Risch (R-Idaho) will not be as amenable to moving Saudi measures through the Senate. While Corker is one of Trump’s biggest critics, Risch is one of the president’s closest congressional allies and known for being a staunch partisan.

But in an interview Thursday, Risch indicated that whatever his personal preferences on dealing with Saudi Arabia might be, he would seek to honor consensus on the issue.

“The consensus seems to be this isn’t going to go away until there’s something done,” he said.

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