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13 March 2019 U.S. Senate ends support for Saudi Arabia-led coalition in the Yemen war

The Republican U.S. Senate approved a resolution to end support for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition’s war in Yemen. Voted 54 to 46, the measure was co-sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders and Republican Senator Mike Lee who said: “We’re helping a foreign power bomb its adversaries in what is undoubtedly, irrefutably, a war.” In fact, backers of the resolution, including seven Republicans, argued that U.S. involvement in Yemen violates the constitutional requirement that Congress, not the president, should determine when the country goes to war, marking the first time lawmakers have invoked the War Powers Resolution. The resolution still must be approved by the House of Representatives to be sent to the White House, where a veto is expected from the American president. Overcoming a veto would require two-thirds majorities in both the Senate and House, more votes than it has garnered so far.