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PoliticsHouse votes to end US role in Yemen, poised to block Trump from launching Iran strike

02:35  12 july  2019
02:35  12 july  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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House votes to require congressional approval for military strike against Iran The House voted for a measure that would block President Donald Trump from initiating military action against Iran without congressional approval. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Lawmakers adopted the amendment from Reps. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., and Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., in a 251-170 vote with more than two dozen Republicans in support. The measure was wrapped into the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act that the House passed Friday afternoon.

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WASHINGTON – The House approved a measure Thursday that would force President Donald Trump to end U.S. military support of Saudi Arabia's military operations in Yemen.

Next up is a proposal that would bar Trump from launching a military strike against Iran, which supporters predict will pass in a vote set for Friday.

The twin legislative actions represent a new level of congressional push back against Trump's foreign policy, as Democrats use their House majority to rebuke the president over his aggressive stance toward Iran and his cozy ties with Saudi Arabia.

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The 27 Republicans who voted with Democrats to block Trump from taking military action against Iran The House on Friday passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to block the Trump administration from funding military action against Iran without congressional approval. The vote came amid rising tensions between Washington and Tehran as Iran surpassed the uranium enrichment limitations imposed by the Obama-era nuclear agreement. President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the pact in 2018, but until recently Iran had stayed within the deal's bounds. "Iran better be careful. They're treading on very dangerous territory. Iran of you listening, you better be careful," Trump told reporters Friday.

blocked President Donald Trump from launching a military strike against Iran unless he got " We did not win on this vote but forced the vote to happen. We showed a majority of the Senate believes the He is co-sponsoring a similar measure in the House with California Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna.

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 powers that underscored anger with President Trump ’s unflagging support for Saudi Arabia even after the killing of a

Both amendments are being considered as part of a broader defense bill. The Senate approved its version of the defense bill last month without those contentious add-ons. The two chambers will have to reconcile the competing versions in the coming weeks.

Trump has already vetoed a stand-alone bill to end the U.S. role in Yemen. He argued it was "an unnecessary, dangerous attempt" to weaken his constitutional power.

Republicans in Congress have also said that limiting U.S. involvement in Yemen would give Iran a green light to spread its influence across the region.

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A Yemeni soldier stands guard in Mukalla, Yemen , Thursday, Nov. The US provides billions of dollars of arms to the Saudi-led coalition fighting against Iran -backed rebels in Yemen . The House has voted to end American involvement in the Yemen war, rebuffing the Trump administration’s

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“Iran poses a massive geostrategic threat in the area around Yemen (and) throughout the Middle East,” Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., said during Thursday's debate. “We cannot signal to Iran that their continued aggression will be tolerated.”

GOP lawmakers also argued that America's current role in Yemen – which involves providing logistical, intelligence and targeting assistance to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – does not amount to using American military force.

But supporters of the Yemen measure rejected that argument and noted that the Saudi-led coalition has caused thousands of civilian casualties with their U.S.-assisted bombing campaign. They hailed Thursday's 240-to-185 vote as a pivotal step toward reclaiming Congress' war-making powers and ending a horrific conflict that has sparked the world's worst humanitarian disaster.

"The only way to prevent the starvation of millions of Yemenis is to end the war," Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., a chief sponsor of the amendment, said in a tweet. "The US cannot be an effective broker for peace if it continues to arm and militarily support on side of the conflict. This is how we reassert Congress’ role in matters of war & peace."

Trump warns Iran about 'threats' after its uranium enrichment announcement

Trump warns Iran about 'threats' after its uranium enrichment announcement President Donald Trump warned Iran on Wednesday to "be careful with threats" after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the country would boost its uranium enrichment beyond the cap set in a 2015 nuclear deal. "Iran has just issued a New Warning. Rouhani says that they will Enrich Uranium to 'any amount we want' if there is no new Nuclear Deal," Trump said on Twitter. "Be careful with the threats, Iran. They can come back to bite you like nobody has been bitten before!" he said.

While the Democrat-controlled House is also expected to block the sales, Mr. Trump has pledged Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are waging an air war in Yemen that has come under In the weeks after the declaration was announced, lawmakers have scrutinized the role that a former

The House of Representatives has voted to end US involvement in Yemen 's civil war, rejecting President Donald Trump 's support of a Saudi-led campaign there. Lawmakers voted 247 to 175 in favour of the bipartisan resolution, which was passed by the Senate last month.

Khanna is also a key backer of the Iran amendment, which would bar the Trump administration from using any federal funds for military force "in or against" the Islamic Republic. Democrats and some Republicans have become alarmed by Trump's actions and rhetoric toward Iran.

Trump nearly bombed Iran last month after Tehran shot down a U.S. military surveillance drone. Although the president called off the strike at the last minute, he has since threatened Iran with “obliteration” and warned that the U.S. would use “overwhelming force” if it attacked American assets or personnel.

Democrats say a war with Iran would be a prolonged and disastrous conflict – precisely the kind of “endless war” that Trump campaigned against in 2016.

Although the Iran measure is likely to pass the House, the GOP-held Senate rejected a similar proposal last month as that chamber debated its defense authorization bill. Many Senate Republicans warned that restricting Trump’s military options would be a dangerous step at a time when Iran has allegedly threatened U.S. assets in the region.

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The House voted Thursday to end U . S . participation in Yemen ’s civil war, denouncing the Saudi-led bombing campaign there as worsening an already McCaul also objected to the fact that the resolution “stays silent” on Iran ’s role in Yemen ’s civil war, saying such an omission undermines ongoing peace

The House overwhelmingly approved legislation that would force the Trump administration to withdraw U . S The resolution would direct the president to withdraw U . S . military forces in or "affecting" Yemen within In December, the Senate passed a parallel resolution 56-41, but a blocked vote by House

The U.S.-Iran tensions come as Tehran has stopped complying with key elements of the 2015 nuclear deal, which limited Iran's ability to make a nuclear weapon in exchange for sanctions relief. Trump withdrew from that deal last year, saying it was not strict enough, and reimposed crippling sanctions on Iran.

European leaders have tried to salvage the deal, but last week, Iran said it had started enriching uranium at levels that breach the accord.

Contributing: Kim Hjelmgaard

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: House votes to end US role in Yemen, poised to block Trump from launching Iran strike

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