California Congressmember Ro Khanna has reintroduced a War Powers Resolution to end the war in Yemen for the third time in as many months.
The Senate made history by passing the resolution 56-41 last month, but House Republican leadership was able to block a vote on the bill while they retained control.
Now, however, Democrats are securely in the helm of the House, increasing the chances that the legislation will pass.
Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) also reintroduced an updated version of the legislation in the Senate.
The coordinated action of both chambers of Congress makes it likely that that the president will be forced to address the issue, and quite possibly the longstanding issue of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder at the hands of the Saudi government as well.
Lawmakers at home and abroad have pointed the finger at Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the mastermind behind Khashoggi’s murder, who was a U.S. resident and journalist for the Washington Post.
Bin Salman, or MBS, is also largely responsible for the brutal coalition airstrikes in Yemen that have killed thousands and destroyed important infrastructure like water sanitation plants.
The ongoing war has resulted in what has been called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with tens of thousands of people suffering from cholera and millions more on the brink of starvation.
“Today we are coming together to address one of the great humanitarian crises facing the planet and also in a historical way to make certain that that United States Congress reasserts its constitutional responsibilities in terms of war making. The United States should not be supporting a catastrophic war led by a despotic Saudi regime with a dangerous and irresponsible military policy.” — Sanders
Though the president has said that he will veto the measure if it makes it to his desk, it is still a strong message that neither the American people nor their representatives can in good conscience continue to support this war, or this nefarious partnership with Saudi Arabia any longer.
All this comes as a temporary ceasefire agreement arranged in December has reached the breaking point, heralding more violence and death to come.
Iron Triangle Press continues to report on the U.S. involvement in Yemen.
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