Congratulations. We have moved closer to ending U.S. complicity in the terrorizing of the people of Yemen. All seven Democratic members of the House voted for the War Powers Resolution. Of course, Republican Andy Harris voted to continue the attacks of the children of Yemen. Now we have to take this measure to the Senate. Thanks you rep if s/he voted yes, and excoriate those who voted no. Then petition your senators to co-sponsor S.J.Res. 7. Bernie Sanders’ resolution has 17 co-sponsors. But Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen are not on the list, and must be contacted to sign on as co-sponsors.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
'Historic': House Approves War Powers Resolution to End US Complicity in Yemen
"Not only does this vote bolster hopes for a quicker end to the war and the resulting humanitarian crisis, it also signals a timely resurgence in congressional oversight on war."
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelming approved a War Powers Resolution that would require President Trump to end U.S. military support for the ongoing Saudi-led war in Yemen.
The bill, H.J. Res. 37 introduced by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), passed in a 248-177 vote—mostly along party lines in the Democratic-controlled House—and will now head to the Senate where a version of the resolution last year, despite Republican control, passed in historic fashion. Read the full roll call here.
Ever since joining Congress, I’ve been pushing for the U.S. to end our illegal and unconstitutional involvement in Yemen. Even as support grew, @PRyan blocked the resolution over and over as tens of thousands of Yemenis died and millions starved.
With my resolution passing the House, we are closer than ever to ending our complicity in this humanitarian catastrophe. And with @BernieSanders' leadership, a War Powers Resolution will pass through both chambers of Congress for the first time in history.
"Today is historic," declared Khanna in statement. "This is the culmination of several years of legislative efforts to end our involvement in the Saudi war in Yemen. I’m encouraged by the direction people are pushing our party to take on foreign policy, promoting restraint and human rights and with the sense they want Congress to play a much larger role."
Paul Kawika Martin, senior director for policy and political affairs at Peace Action, also celebrated the vote and characterized it, like the Senate vote last year, as historic.
"Building on last year's Senate vote, the newly empowered House of Representatives just made history by voting to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen, marking the first time the House has successfully invoked the War Powers Act to direct the withdrawal of U.S. forces from an unauthorized war," Martin said.
"Not only does this vote bolster hopes for a quicker end to the war and the resulting humanitarian crisis," he added, "it also signals a timely resurgence in congressional oversight on war. The Senate will have to vote again to send this particular bill to the president's desk, which it should do without delay, but Congress has now made its opposition to U.S. military involvement in Yemen crystal clear."
Both Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who spearheaded the companion resolution in the Senate, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), an early co-sponsor, applauded the House vote:
I applaud my House colleagues for today’s historic passage of HJ Res 37 – ending U.S. support for the disastrous Saudi-led war in Yemen. The Senate must quickly pass this resolution and finally reassert Congress' constitutional authority over war.
The House just voted to end US military support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. I’m proud to be an early co-sponsor of the companion bill in the Senate, and I urge @SenateMajLdr McConnell to bring it to a vote. We cannot continue to be complicit in the deaths of civilians.
Win Without War, one of the key anti-war groups that lobbied alongside other peace and human rights groups to demand an end to U.S. complicity in Yemen, thanked their members and all those who applied pressure on lawmakers to vote in favor of the resolution:
Thank you to all of the Win Without War activists who called, petitioned, and wrote to end U.S. involvement in the brutal and unconscionable war in #Yemen. We are honored to stand with you and ready for the next steps. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPibebKfs9c&feature=youtu.be …
Diane Randall, executive secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), also hailed the vote and gave credit to the tireless work of campaigners.
"Today's vote affirms the power of grassroots, pro-peace advocacy to turn the tide against war in Congress," said Randall. "Ending the war that has led to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis is something we can achieve. Today's vote demonstrates a bipartisan desire to do so."
Martin said that he hopes the Saudis and their allies in the war, like the United Arab Emirates, recognize just how serious a rebuke of the carnage in Yemen members of Congress are now voicing.
"For nations participating in the Saudi-led intervention," Martin said, "this new political reality poses a serious threat to their military relationships with the United States. For millions of Yemenis facing indiscriminate airstrikes and war-induced famine, this new political reality offers a glimmer of hope for a more peaceful future. More work remains to be done, but hope is well worth celebrating."
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