House ignores Trump veto threat, approves bill ending US support for Yemen war
(The Hill) The House passed a resolution Thursday to end U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, sending it to President Trump’s desk and likely forcing him to issue the second veto of his presidency.
The resolution passed 247-175, with 16 Republicans siding with Democrats. One Republican, Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.), voted present.
Thursday’s vote was the first time since the War Powers Act was passed in 1973 that both chambers of Congress passed a resolution using that law and was the culmination of a years-long effort propelled in recent months by lawmakers’ fury at Saudi Arabia over the killing of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The resolution, which would require Trump to withdraw U.S. military forces in or “affecting” Yemen unless they are fighting al Qaeda, gained considerable momentum after Khashoggi’s killing last year in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
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April 4, 2019 at 5:40 PM #49648EnthusiastParticipant
I’m glad to learn of Republican support. I suspect this reflects the will of the people. The people also do not want interference in Venezuela. The people also want an end to these unnecessary counterproductive foreign entanglements. Many Republican people want this too.
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April 5, 2019 at 5:48 AM #49923ArtfromArkParticipant
The problem is the bill has a giant loophole– we can keep bombing/fighting as long as it’s “Al Qaeda” we’re bombing/fighting. Over there, anyone can be “Al Qaeda”.
April 5, 2019 at 9:49 AM #49959David the GnomeParticipant
I’m glad they passed it. It may be largely symbolic – Trump will veto and/or it will get held up in the Senate… the Senate has to pass it as well, dont they?
Still, this is one of those rare occasions where Congress is almost representing the will of the people. Though as @artfromark pointed out… all the war mongers really have to do is claim they are fighting al Qaeda.
Almost… not quite, but it’s something. A good sign, perhaps.
April 5, 2019 at 1:40 PM #50010jwirrParticipant
Finally they are learning to forget working across the aisle and just do what is right. The Ds have not put up a real fight since Clinton was President. Let the Rs show what they are all about. Just do the right thing for the people.
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