Ro Khanna Sets Up Veto Showdown Over Yemen
The House of Representatives passed a resolution authored by Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA), which says that since Congress never authorized the involvement in the nearly four-year-old war on Yemen under the 1973 War Powers Resolution, the U.S. military must end its participation there. The resolution, which passed by a 248-177 vote -- 18 House GOP members voted for it -- condemns the conflict in Yemen that has killed thousands of civilians and inflicted a devastating famine. The U.S. currently provides intelligence and support to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the two countries leading the war in Yemen. Some also view this as a rebuke of Saudi Arabia for the murder of WaPojournalist Jamal Khashoggi. “This is their opportunity to send a message to the Saudis that their behavior on Khashoggi and their flagrant disregard of human rights is not consistent with the American way of doing business and not in line with American values,” said Khanna. The Senate, which in December passed a companion resolution led by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), could also soon vote on the resolution again. Should it pass as expected, it would be a major rebuke of Donald Trump and the administration’s foreign policy, particularly its policies relating to Saudi Arabia. However, the White House has signaled that the president will veto the measure. It would still be historic regardless of the veto -- it would be the first time in history that the House and Senate adopted a War Powers Resolution. More here.