Feb 13, 2019 - Politics & Policy

House votes to end military support for Saudi-backed war in Yemen

The House overwhelmingly approved legislation Wednesday that would force the Trump administration to withdraw U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Why it matters: The bill, which passed 248-177 and now heads to the Senate, is a rebuke of President Trump's foreign policy amid broader pushback over his defense of Saudi Arabia, whose role in the conflict has been under heightened scrutiny since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Senate passed a parallel resolution 56-41 in December, but a blocked vote by House Republicans prevented it from ever reaching the floor of the House.

  • Trump said in December he would veto the Senate resolution if it ever reached his desk. It was the first time the Senate had ever used congressional authority handed to it in the War Powers Act of 1973.
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