The Senate's vote on Yemen war came as u.s. lawmakers have escalated their opposition to Saudi Arabia after the October murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.
Romney said while he has concerns about Saudi Arabia's recent behavior, particularly the murder of Khashoggi, ending support would undermine USA allies and security interests in the region by emboldening Iran, hampering counterterrorism efforts, and potentially worsening the humanitarian crisis.
Sen. Mitt Romney voted against the resolution.
The World Health Organization says about 10,000 people have been killed in the war between forces loyal to the Yemeni government, backed by the Saudi-led coalition, and the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels.
He added that a vote in favor would "begin the process of reclaiming our constitutional authority by ending United States involvement in a war that has not been authorized by Congress and is unconstitutional". Chris Murphy, D-Conn., right, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, on a reintroduction of a resolution to end US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Republican Sen.
The other Republicans to vote aye were Susan Collins of Maine, Mike Lee of Utah, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Todd Young of Indiana.
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"We should not be associated with a bombing campaign that the United Nations tells us is likely a gross violation of human rights", Murphy said on the Senate floor Wednesday. "The Saudi-led war in Yemen has caused 85,000 children to starve to death". Next, it will move to the Democratic-controlled House, where it is expected to pass.
The Senate on Wednesday passed a measure mandating the withdrawal of usa forces from the Saudi/UAE-led war against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Will there be political fallout for a president failing to accede to the will of Congress on matters of war and peace?
USA forces previously provided targeting support for coalition airstrikes and even mid-air refueling for coalition planes, until that practice was reportedly discontinued late previous year. But due to procedural matters, the House must now vote again on either the Senate version that passed this week, or a reconciled version of the House and Senate bills.
The Yemen War Powers resolution will now head back to the House of Representatives, the final roadblock before the measure reaches President Donald Trump's desk.
Largely overlooked throughout this whole process is that these votes show how USA foreign policy, so often a byproduct of Washington lobbyists and other powerful special interests, can be democratized.