For more than two years, the United States has been providing support for a Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen that has cost the lives of over 10,000 civilians and plunged much of the country into a humanitarian crisis.
The U.S. government is providing weapons and targeting intelligence, as well as flying refueling missions for the Saudi-led coalition. But U.S. Congress has never voted on whether the United States should be supporting our Saudi allies. It is essentially the president’s choice — first Obama’s, now Trump’s — with little accountability beyond that.
Now, four members of the House from very different ideological poles are teaming up to force the body to vote for the very first time on whether the U.S. should continue to support the Saudi war in Yemen. Reps. Ro Khanna, D-Calif.; Mark Pocan, D-Wisc.; Thomas Massie, R-Ky.; and Walter Jones, R-N.C. have introduced what’s called a privileged resolution to force a vote on the war within 15 days.
H.Con.Res.81 would invoke the War Powers Act to terminate U.S. involvement in the war.
“It’s beyond time for the country to stop conducting refueling for missions over Yemen. Congress and the American people know too little about the role we are playing in a war that is causing suffering for millions of people and is a genuine threat to our national security,” Khanna said in a statement to reporters.
Peace advocates noted that the bill will soon come up to vote, something that Khanna’s office confirmed.