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

“ We cannot end the conflict in Yemen through political documents,” Mr. Trump said. “President Trump ’s assertion of support to the Arab Coalition in Yemen is a positive signal of US resolve towards America’s Senate Votes to End Aid for Yemen Fight Over Khashoggi Killing and Saudis’ War Aims.

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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 House of Representatives has voted to restrict President Donald Trump ’s ability to launch military strikes on Iran , and will debate a Since its passing, the act has been invoked 41 times to allow US military action in 19 countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia and Yemen - without a

The measure needed 60 votes to pass. " We did not win on this vote but forced the vote to happen. We showed a majority of the Senate believes the president is not the king, and can’t go to war on his This week, Trump has taken a harder line and boasted that any war with Iran would be devastating.

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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President Trump withdrew the U . S . from the pact in 2018, but until recently Iran had stayed within the deal's bounds. House votes to end US role in Next up: a proposal that would bar Trump from launching a military strike against Iran , which supporters predict will pass in a vote set for Friday.

“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."

Iran calls on Britain to release seized oil tanker immediately

Iran calls on Britain to release seized oil tanker immediately Iran has warned of reciprocal measures if the tanker is not released. Britain said on Thursday that three Iranian vessels tried to block a British-owned tanker passing through the Strait of Hormuz, which controls the flow of Middle East oil to the world, but backed off when confronted by a Royal Navy warship. Iran denied that its vessels had done any such thing. Tension between Iran and the West has increased a week after Britain seized the tanker and London said the British Heritage, operated by oil company BP, had been approached in the strait between Iran and the Arabian peninsula.

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On April 5, the US House of Representatives passed the Yemen war resolution by a 247-175 vote after it was approved by the Senate by a 54-46 vote in March. The joint resolution calls for ending US support for the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemeni conflict.

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.

The 27 Republicans who voted with Democrats to block Trump from taking military action against Iran

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.

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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