"The United States should end its involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen that has resulted in widespread starvation, disease, and death", Blumenthal said. Bernard Sanders, a potential Trump 2020 opponent, who led the push for the move, flexing the War Powers Resolution.
"Congressional authority over war was created to avoid the type of situation that's been unfolding in Yemen, where unauthorized US military support began without public debate or scrutiny", Martin said.
Seven Republicans crossed over to support the measure, S.J.Res. 7 As Amended, including Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Steve Daines of Montana. 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 USA support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. "We have been providing the bombs the Saudi-led coalition is using, refueling their planes before they drop those bombs and assisting with intelligence", Sanders said during a speech on the Senate floor ahead of the vote.
The bipartisan vote Wednesday is another strong rebuke of President Donald Trump's support for Saudi Arabia, which has been a point of tension with Congress since the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi past year. "Concerns about Saudi human rights issues should be directly addressed with the administration and with Saudi officials", McConnell said from the Senate floor.
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The emergency declaration is being challenged in court as an unconstitutional usurpation of Congress' power of the purse. Congress can veto Mr Trump's veto, but it does not look likely that they will have the necessary votes to do so.
As Saudi-led coalition airstrikes claimed hundreds of lives over the years, mostly in northern Yemen where the Houthis are based, the USA insisted it plays no role in targeting Yemenis. Mike Lee, R-Utah, on the legislation, which seeks to invoke the War Powers Resolution to curtail American participation in the war.
It now goes to the House, which approved its own similar measure this year, only to have the process stall over a procedural issue.
The 1973 law was supposed to provide a check on the growing number of worldwide military entanglements presidents committed the U.S.to, without actually seeking a war declaration or other authorization from Congress.
The resolution is a reminder that Congress has the legal ability to compel the removal of USA military forces, absent a formal declaration of war. But U.S. withdrawal is only a matter of time-that is, a matter of Trump's time in office.
Murphy said that after the Senate voted for a similar resolution past year, the warring parties in Yemen moved towards a cease fire.