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Senate vote 63-37 for resolution to end US support of Saudis in Yemen

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Bernie Sanders on Wednesday called for the US to end its support
for Saudi Arabia in the Yemen conflict.

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  • The Senate on Wednesday
    advanced a resolution
    to end US support for the Saudi-led
    coalition in Yemen.
  • The resolution, which calls on the president to remove
    many US troops stationed in Yemen, passed 63-37. 
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) led the push for the
    resolution, alongside Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Sen. Mike
    Lee (R-UT).
  • All Senate Democrats
    voted in favor of the resolution
  • Calls for strong action against Saudi Arabia and its
    leadership have grown louder since the murder of journalist
    Jamal Khashoggi last month. Wednesday’s vote signals strong
    bipartisan pushback against the White House over its continued
    support for its Middle East ally. 

The Senate on Wednesday
advanced a resolution
to end US support for the Saudi-led
coalition in Yemen.

The resolution, which calls on the president to remove most
US troops in Yemen, passed 63-37. The resolution failed to pass
earlier this year. 

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) led the push for the measure
alongside Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT).
Sanders has long opposed the United States’ role in the war in
Yemen —
one of the the world’s worst humanitarian crises

and 
characterized it as “unconstitutional
given that Congress had not weighed in on the
matter. 

In an incredible show of unity, all Senate Democrats voted
in favor of the resolution. Prominent Senate Republicans,
including Bob Corker (R-TN), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Rand Paul
(R-KY) — all of whom have voiced
strong opposition to Trump’s handling of Saudi Arabia
in the
wake of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder — 
also voted in favor
.

Following the vote, Sanders praised the decision to move
towards withdrawing troops from Yemen.

“The bottom line is the United States should not be
supporting a catastrophic war led by a despotic regime with a
dangerous and irresponsible military policy,” Sanders said in a

statement

. “Let us bring this catastrophic war
in Yemen to an end, help bring peace to this tortured country and
with the rest of the world help provide the humanitarian aid that
is so desperately needed.”

Murphy tweeted
that Wednesday’s vote sent a huge signal to the Trump
administration. 

“The Saudis are our ally. But their war in Yemen has gone
off the rails and their disregard for human life has become
unconscionable,” he wrote. “Today’s Senate vote is a signal to
the Administration that they must reorient American policy toward
Saudi Arabia or Congress will do it for them.”

The resolution still needs one more vote to be debated on
the floor, and then a final vote — though the White House has
indicated plans to shelf the measure when it reaches the
president’s desk. 

In the lead up to the vote, the Trump administration was
accused of trying to “cover
up
” Khashoggi’s murder by reportedly
blocking CIA Director Gina Haspel
from attending a classified
Senate briefing on Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Khashoggi. Haspel has
traveled to Istanbul to discuss the investigation and is said to
have listened to audio of the grisly killing. A CIA spokesperson
told The Washington Post that “the notion that anyone told
Director Haspel not to attend today’s briefing is false.”

Earlier this month, the CIA determined
that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the
assassination despite consistent denials from Riyadh. Bipartisan
calls for strong action against Saudi Arabia and its leadership
have grown louder since the October 2 killing, and Wednesday’s
vote signals strong pushback against the White House over its
continued support for its Middle East ally. 

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