It also points to a specific law - section 2 (c) of the War Powers Resolution of 1973 - which says that the USA president can approve engagement in combat overseas "only pursuant to (1) a declaration of war, (2) specific statutory authorization, or (3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces".
According to the United Nations, more than 10,000 people have died in the war in Yemen with a cholera outbreak enabled by the Saudi-led coalition blockade claiming over 2,000 lives. That letter was sent to all Senate offices Wednesday morning, hours before a high-profile news conference at which Sanders and Lee argued that current American efforts in Yemen ― providing aerial refueling and intelligence to a Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed rebels ― are unconstitutional because Congress has never explicitly approved them.
"This March, with senators set to vote on whether to end the illegal USA war in Yemen, millions of lives hang in the balance". USA troops aren't engaged in combat against the Houthis but the United States has been providing refueling support for Saudi and Emirati bombers since the Barack Obama administration. "In many cases, the Saudis have aligned with Al Qaeda to fight the Houthis undermining our very counterterrorism operations". Defense Secretary James Mattis recently confirmed that USA forces continue to provide refueling, targeting guidance and intelligence assistance to the Saudis today. But it didn't take place until the first month into Trump's administration.
While Sanders prioritized domestic issues over foreign policy concerns during his 2016 presidential bid, today's bill may foreshadow a greater willingness by 2020 frontrunners to question open-ended military support for Middle Eastern allies. Sen.
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A January poll from the Committee for Responsible Foreign Policy, which advocates for increased congressional oversight of USA military interventions, found that 51.3% of voters would be less likely to vote for their congressional representatives "if they did not act to withdraw from conflict in regions overseas, such as Yemen".
The letter says the resolution would undermine America's ability to "build strong security architecture in the world", and that USA support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen does not fall under the remit of the War Powers Resolution because it does not constitute direct military action.
The text directs "the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress".
The resolution is part of a longstanding friction between Congress and the executive branch over military involvement overseas.
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Senate rules require a vote on the resolution by March 9. "And so they have - they have the principal oversight for - for that", he said.
The Senate proposal was met with approval on Twitter.
House members in November voted through a resolution that declared the Yemen effort unauthorized. "Saudi Arabia is deliberately using starvation as a weapon of war in Yemen, putting 8 million people a step away from famine".
Rand Paul a year ago to try to prevent arms sales to Saudi Arabia for its war in Yemen.
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