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White House to Veto Resolution on Ending Support for Arab Coalition

White House to Veto Resolution on Ending Support for Arab Coalition

Thursday, 14 March, 2019 - 06:00
FILE PHOTO: The White House is awash with early morning sun in Washington November 8, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin
Washington - Elie Youssef
US President Donald Trump’s advisers have recommended that he vetoes a Senate resolution seeking to end American support for the Arab Coalition in Yemen.

The Senate vote on Wednesday was 54 to 46.

The resolution seeks to end any US military involvement in the conflict, including providing targeting support for air strikes, without authorization from Congress, Reuters reported.

In its statement threatening a veto, the White House called the measure "flawed" and saying it would harm bilateral relationships in the region and hurt Washington's ability to fight extremism.

Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., described the vote as inappropriate and said it would have negative repercussions.

The measure was co-sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Mike Lee, R- Utah.

Sanders, who is running for president in 2020, described the Yemeni crisis as a “catastrophic war.”

The two Senators had pledged last year to invoke the decades-old War Powers Resolution, which is a federal law intended to check the president's power to commit the US to an armed conflict without Congressional consent.

The Senate had approved the War Powers Resolution in December, during the last Congress. But Republicans, who controlled the House until January, did not let it come up for a vote. With the Democrats in control, the House passed its own version of the resolution in February, but a procedural issue meant the House must vote on the Senate's version of the measure.

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