Progressive Dems Introduce War Powers Resolution to End US Role in Saudi’s Yemen War
Hon. Bernie Sanders / US Senate & Team Sanders
WASHINGTON (July 14, 2022) – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), along with Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), on Thursday introduced a joint resolution in the Senate to direct the removal of US Armed Forces from unauthorized involvement in the war between the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis in Yemen.
The resolution, which is supported by a bipartisan group of more than 100 members of Congress in the House, is considered privileged in the Senate and can receive a vote on the floor as soon as ten calendar days following introduction.
“We must put an end to the unauthorized and unconstitutional involvement of US Armed Forces in the catastrophic Saudi-led war in Yemen and Congress must take back its authority over war,” said Sen. Sanders. “More than 85,000 children in Yemen have already starved and millions more are facing imminent famine and death.
More than 70 percent of Yemen’s population currently rely on humanitarian food assistance and the UN has warned the death toll could climb to 1.3 million people by 2030. This war has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis today and it is past time to end US complicity in those horrors. Let us pass this resolution, so we can focus on diplomacy to end this war.”
“The war in Yemen has been an unmitigated disaster for which all parties to the conflict share responsibility,” said Sen. Leahy. “Why are we supporting a corrupt theocracy that brutalizes its own people, in a war that is best known for causing immense suffering and death among impoverished, defenseless civilians?
“Congress never agreed to this war. Absent a congressional declaration of war that is required by the Constitution and the War Powers Act, Congress should end US support for the Saudi military’s indiscriminate bombing, naval blockade, and other involvement in Yemen.”
“Millions of innocent Yemenis have endured untold suffering and a humanitarian catastrophe since the Yemeni civil war began,” said Sen. Warren. “The American people, through their elected representatives in Congress, never authorized US involvement in the war — but Congress abdicated its constitutional powers and failed to prevent our country from involving itself in this crisis. The US must immediately end its support for Saudi-led coalition in Yemen unless explicitly authorized by Congress.”
Sanders Can Call for a Privileged Resolution Vote Before End of July
While there is currently a fragile cease-fire that has halted Saudi-led coalition airstrikes on civilians, there remains an inhumane aerial and naval blockade in place that is limiting travel and preventing food, fuel, and medical supplies from entering Yemen.
Since the war began in 2015, more than 377,000 people have been killed – 60 percent of which can be attributed to nonmilitant reasons such as hunger, disease, and lack of clean water. In that time, the Saudi-led coalition has conducted over 23,000 airstrikes in Yemen that have killed almost 19,000 civilians, all while the US has administered almost $55 billion in military support to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
At the start of his administration, President Biden pledged to halt support for Saudi-led “offensive” operations in Yemen. Unfortunately, the US continues to provide maintenance, logistics support, and spare parts that enable the Saudi Air Force to continue to operate.
The Yemen War Powers Resolution would follow through on Biden’s pledge by ending US support for Saudi-led attacks on Yemen, including:
- Ending US intelligence sharing for the purpose of enabling offensive Saudi-led coalition strikes.
- Ending US logistical support for offensive Saudi-led coalition strikes, including the provision of maintenance and spare parts to coalition members flying warplanes which are bombing Yemen.
- Prohibiting US military personnel from being assigned to command, coordinate, participate in the movement of, or accompany Saudi-led coalition forces engaged in hostilities without specific statutory authorization.
Read the resolution text, here.
Michael L — Great news if it happens. We’ve been here before and nothing changed. Now Biden is meeting with the Saudis looking for more oil so forgive me for being doubtful.
Also, Bernie says, “We must put an end to the unauthorized and unconstitutional involvement of U.S. Armed Forces in the catastrophic Saudi-led war in Yemen and Congress must take back its authority over war,” What about all the other unauthorized wars like the one with Russia?