House, Senate split on curtailing presidential war powers in Yemen

House, Senate split on curtailing presidential war powers in Yemen
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[Ed. – The House voted Wednesday to prevent bringing any resolutions on the matter to the floor for the remainder of the year.  So the point is going nowhere, which basically is what allowed senators to grandstand with a throw-away vote on Thursday.]

The Senate on Thursday passed a resolution condemning Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, ratcheting up pressure on President Donald Trump who has aligned himself with the Saudi kingdom in the aftermath of the brutal killing.

Just prior to passing the resolution by a voice vote, the Senate also overwhelmingly approved a resolution by a 56-41 vote that would require the US to end its military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, a move aimed both at ending that war and expressing anger at the Trump administration’s handling of relations with Saudi Arabia.

All told, it amounted to the most significant break within Congress toward Saudi Arabia in decades — and the firmest response from Capitol Hill since the Khashoggi murder in October.

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