House sends Yemen War Powers Resolution to Trump
The House passed a resolution Thursday calling for the end of any US military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, sending the proposal to the White House where it is expected to be vetoed.
The resolution, which is seen as a rebuke of President Donald Trump’s Middle East policies, already passed the Senate last month.
Thursday’s House vote was 247-175. Sixteen Republicans voted yes with Democrats and one voted present.
When the resolution passed the Senate, its supporters made clear their votes were also aimed at expressing their frustrations with Trump’s continued support for Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has been implicated in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Supporters of the War Powers Resolution argued the US shouldn’t be involved in the war without explicit permission from Congress. Opponents argued the US does not have “boots on the ground” and is offering noncombat technical assistance to Saudi Arabia, an ally
If Trump vetoes the bill, it will be just the second of his presidency, following his veto of the resolution of disapproval for Trump’s emergency declaration to build barriers along the US border with Mexico. Trump vetoed that resolution last month.