US House approves full American withdrawal from Yemen

Postado Fevereiro 14, 2019

The measure, which passed 248-177, now goes to the Senate, where if it passes, it would be the first time Congress has relied on the decades-old War Powers Resolution to remove or restrict U.S. military action.

In a sharp rebuke to the Trump administration, the House passed a bipartisan resolution that would limit American military assistance to the Saudi-led coalition waging a bloody war against the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. The US President threatened to veto such bill, also a first in Trump's presidency.

The administration - and many of Trump's fellow Republicans in Congress - said the resolution was inappropriate because US forces had provided aircraft refueling and other support in the Yemen conflict, not combat troops.

The Democratic-led House on Wednesday voted 248 to 177 to approve the measure, which will now go to the Senate. The lawmakers reintroduced the resolution two weeks ago as a way to send a strong message to Riyadh about the humanitarian disaster in Yemen and condemn the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

A previous version of the resolution passed the Senate by 56-41 in December. "The House is trying to assert dominance over the U.S. -Saudi relationship, and the war in Yemen is a low-hanging fruit to fuel that effort" he said. It would also end USA military support for the Saudi-led coalition, which has been battling Yemen's Houthi rebels.

The removal order is created to force the executive branch of the United States government to respect the 1973 War Powers Act, which deprives the president of the ability to commit USA forces to potential hostilities without legislative approval. Republicans control the Senate, 53-47, and a simple majority is needed to pass.