Yemen war: senators push to end United States support of Saudi Arabia

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The four-page measure notes that according to the 1973 War Powers Resolution, if U.S. forces are engaged in hostilities outside the country absent a declaration of war, "such forces shall be removed by the president if the Congress so directs".

Executive editor of The American Conservative magazine, Kelley Beaucar Vlahos said today: "The relentless airstrikes and blockade by the Saudis has left Yemen in a catastrophic state of crisis - and as co-belligerents, the United States is partly to blame". There's no such worldwide group based in Yemen.

At a news conference on Wednesday, Sanders argued: "We believe that, as Congress has not declared war or authorized military force in this conflict, the USA involvement in Yemen is unconstitutional and unauthorized".

The current resolution will force a vote on whether the USA should continue to support Saudi Arabia.

Since then, more than 5,000 civilians have been killed and millions face starvation due to Saudi-led blockades on food and supplies to civilians.

For decades, members of Congress have wrangled with how to restore its war-making powers from a succession of assertive administrations. Via Twitter Sanders criticized US conformity with its government's interventionist policies and stated: "the time is long overdue for Congress to reassert its constitutional role in determining when and where our country goes to war". "Under this legislation, no longer would US pilots serve as gas station attendants in the sky to refuel Saudi and UAE bombers that rein down terror on Yemeni men, women, and children".

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Every 10 minutes, a child under the age of five dies of preventable causes in Yemen.

The Sanders-Lee resolution is just the latest congressional pushback against Riyadh's Yemen campaign.

President Donald Trump's top military and diplomatic advisors said last October that the administration was not seeking new authority for conducting military operations in the world's hot spots.

In November, the House of Representatives passed, by a vote of 366-30, a resolution stating that "Congress has not enacted specific legislation authorizing the use of military force against parties participating in the Yemeni civil war that are not otherwise subject to" the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force or the 2003 AUMF in Iraq. "That law guarantees a vote on the Senate floor within days". "And so they have - they have the principal oversight for - for that", he said. "There is no legal authorization for the United States to be part of a war inside Yemen, and Congress can not continue to be silent".

"The limited military and intelligence support that the United States is providing the [Saudi]-led coalition does not involve any introduction of USA forces into hostilities", the letter says.

A similar effort, introduced previous year in the House by two Democrats and two Republicans, has 50 cosponsors.