US Senate votes to end involvement in Yemen war

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"Millions of grassroots activists, who helped make this vote a reality, want their lawmakers to end this unconscionable war", Kate Gould, legislative director for Middle East policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, said. "But positive engagement from the U.S.is crucial".

Romney said while he has concerns about Saudi Arabia's recent behavior, particularly the murder of Khashoggi, ending support would undermine USA allies and security interests in the region by emboldening Iran, hampering counterterrorism efforts, and potentially worsening the humanitarian crisis.

Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, who chairs the Foreign Relations Committee, argued that US support for the Saudi-led coalition helps facilitate peace talks and withdrawing from the conflict would delay an eventual political settlement.

That process gained energy two years ago after a bipartisan majority in a House subcommittee passed a measure, sponsored by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), that would have repealed the 2001 AUMF, only for the House GOP leadership to later strip the measure.

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Many lawmakers have taken issue with the number of civilian deaths in Yemen's conflict and have been calling for an end of USA military support ever since the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last October.

The measure in the Senate was co-sponsored by independent Sen.

The vote puts Congress on a collision course with Trump, who has already threatened to veto the resolution, which the White House says raises "serious constitutional concerns".

But Khashoggi's murder doesn't account for all Republican defections.

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Top Republicans Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn voted against the resolution. The Democratic Senators were joined by six Republican Senators. The Senate unanimously agreed to retain similar language today by voice vote with an amendment from Sen.

"Our focus should be on ending the war in Yemen responsibly", he said. They have all been instrumental. They've been instrumental in making sure members were aware of the legislation and convincing members to support the legislation. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., right, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, on a reintroduction of a resolution to end US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, who chairs the Foreign Relations Committee, argued that US support for the Saudi-led coalition helps facilitate peace talks and withdrawing from the conflict would delay an eventual political settlement. Some Senate Republicans this week plan to vote again Trump's emergency declaration, congressional Republicans backed Trump off a withdrawal of US troops from Syria last month, and the House passed a resolution in January to bar a USA exit from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

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