Ro Khanna

The case for taking Trump to the Supreme Court over his Yemen war veto

Ro Khanna with Bernie Sanders
Rep. Ro Khanna and Sen. Bernie Sanders at a press conference following a vote on ending U.S. military involvement in the war in Yemen

The U.S. still backs Saudi Arabia's fight in Yemen, even though Congress voted to end that support. Now, progressive Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) is pushing Democratic leaders to turn to the Supreme Court to help enforce Congress' will.

Why it matters: Congress' resolution seeking to end U.S. involvement in Yemen passed with support from diverse ideological factions — from moderates to Bernie Sanders to Rand Paul, only to meet a veto from President Trump.

Congress rebukes Trump with resolution to end U.S. military involvement in Yemen

In this image, a man in Yemen holds a flag while searching through rubble.
A Yemeni man inspects damage from an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition in 2016. Photo: Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images

The House on Thursday passed a Senate resolution 247-175 directing President Trump to remove the U.S. military from Yemen within 30 days and to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition in the war.

Why it matters: This marks the first time that a bill leaning on the War Powers Resolution of 1973 will go to the president's desk. Trump is expected to veto the resolution, which he threatened to do when it passed through the Senate for the first time in December last year.