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Lawmakers seek to end US support in Saudi-Yemen war

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Lawmakers seek to end US support in Saudi-Yemen war

Lawmakers seek to end US support in Saudi-Yemen war

U.S. lawmakers said on Wednesday they expect Congress will pass a resolution ending U.S. involvement in the Yemen war, which would force President Donald Trump to issue the first veto of his presidency in order to continue supporting the Saudi-led coalition.

Nathan Frandino has more.

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Lawmakers seek to end US support in Saudi-Yemen war

As the suffering from Yemen's nearly 4-year-old civil war drags on, a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers is renewing an effort to STOP U.S. aid to SAUDI ARABIA in the conflict.

Independent Senator Bernie Sanders, Republican Senator Mike Lee and others on Wednesday introduced a bill that would ban U.S. support for Riyadh's bombing campaign in Yemen, which is BLAMED FOR THOUSANDS of civilian deaths.

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BERNIE SANDERS, (D) VERMONT, SAYING: "The United States should not be supporting a catastrophic war led by a despotic Saudi regime with a dangerous, irresponsible military policy." It's the second try for U.S. lawmakers.

A similar bill passed the Republican-led Senate last month.

That vote was widely seen as a rebuke to President Trump for continuing to support the Saudi royal family after the brutal killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Trump had vowed to veto the bill, but Republicans who were then in control of the House did not allow a vote.

With Democrats now running the House, the bill is given a much stronger chance of reaching Trump's desk.

Republican Senator Mike Lee said the effort is about restoring the War Powers Act, which limits the president's ability to commit U.S. forces without congressional approval.

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MIKE LEE, (R) UTAH, SAYING: "Let's either get out of this war in Yemen, or alternatively have the president propose an authorization for the use of military force or declaration of war.

Either way, this needs to come to one of those decision points." The bill comes as the United Nations fights to maintain a ceasefire in Yemen's port city -- Hodeidah.

The city and its supply lines are a lifeline for civilians - some 8.4 million of whom, aid groups say, are at risk of starvation.

On Tuesday, an international team came under fire while trying to clear mines that had blocked access to grain silos in the city.

The warring parties, Houthi rebels aligned with Iran and the Saudi-backed government, blame each other for the incident, threatening the fragile truce that has largely held since December.



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