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Sanders, Lee and Murphy Try to Pull US Out of Yemen War

03 March 2018

She said today: "By invoking the War Powers Resolution to end the illegal US war in Yemen, this bipartisan trio of senators has made history, taking a step toward restoring congressional authority over decisions about war as required by the Constitution".

Sanders stressed that under the Constitution, Congress is the only authority that can declare war, alluding to divisions in the U.S. government between congressional power and the president's role as commander-in-chief of the armed forces.

At a press conference Wednesday, Sanders and Lee admitted that getting a Senate vote on the resolution will be a challenge, but said they would both push their parties to do so and that the principle of needing congressional approval to engage in military conflicts should be recognized. "It can authorize - or decline to authorize - military engagement and define United States national interests", Lee said.

The U.S. support in Yemen ties into a larger argument on the Trump administration's continued use of a 2001 authorization for use of military force (AUMF), passed following the 9/11 terrorist attacks to justify a range of military actions. For nearly three years, we have offered logistical and intelligence support to Saudi Arabia and eight other mostly Sunni Arab states in Yemen fighting to restore Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi's government. "And so that provides us the authority to provide that support to them", he said.

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Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition of Arab states to neutralise territorial threats posed by the Houthis, who now control swathes of territory from northern Saada to Sana'a.

The resolution is part of a longstanding friction between Congress and the executive branch over military involvement overseas.

Since then, the U.S. has been helping the Saudi-led coalition with weaponry and logistical support.

A similar bid to end USA support for the war in Yemen was launched in November 2017 in a draft resolution sponsored by Congressman Ro Khanna. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and held up a Senate vote for the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.

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The two said that they would try to move the resolution through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but the committee may table it.

More than 10,000 people have been killed in the civil war, while more than 11 per cent of the country's population has been displaced.

The United Nations says a record 22.2 million people across Yemen are in need of food aid, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.

"Every 10 minutes, a child under the age of five dies of preventable causes in Yemen", Sanders noted on Twitter. "This horror is caused in part by our decision to facilitate a bombing campaign that is murdering children, and to endorse a Saudi strategy inside Yemen that is deliberately using disease and starvation and the withdrawal of humanitarian support as a tactic".

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Sanders, Lee and Murphy Try to Pull US Out of Yemen War