House Vote Sets Up Trump's Second Veto

Lawmakers vote 247-175 to end support for Yemen war
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 4, 2019 12:04 PM CDT
House Rebuffs Trump With Yemen Vote
In this Feb. 13 photo, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., left, speaks with Ranking member Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, during the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

The House on Thursday voted to end American involvement in the Yemen war, rebuffing the Trump administration's support for the military campaign led by Saudi Arabia, the AP reports. The Senate did the same in March, and the bill now heads to President Trump, who is expected to veto it. The White House says the bill raises "serious constitutional concerns," and Congress lacks the votes to override him. By a 247-175 vote, Congress for the first time invoked the decades-old War Powers Resolution to try and stop a foreign conflict. "The president will have to face the reality that Congress is no longer going to ignore its constitutional obligations when it comes to foreign policy," said Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He said the humanitarian crisis in Yemen triggered by the war "demands moral leadership."

The war is in its fifth year. Thousands of people have been killed and millions are on the brink of starvation. The United Nations has called the situation in Yemen the world's worst humanitarian crisis. The top Republican on the committee, Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, acknowledged the dire situation in Yemen for civilians, but he spoke out in opposition to the bill, saying it was an abuse of the War Powers Resolution. "This radical interpretation has implications far beyond Saudi Arabia," McCaul said. He warned that the measure could "disrupt US security cooperation agreements with more than 100 counties." Opposition to the Saudi-led war in Yemen gathered support last year in the aftermath of the death of US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of agents of the kingdom. (Trump has used his veto power only once so far.)

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