The U.S. role in this needlessly destructive war is unlikely to end any time soon.
The Yemen War Powers resolution also serves as a vehicle to pressure Trump to condemn the Saudi government over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which United States intelligence agencies have pinned on Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman. "This resolution sends a awful message of USA division and lack of resolve, and sets a bad precedent for using the War Powers Resolution to express political disagreements with a president".
He said frustration with Saudi Arabia is expected after the regime admitted to killing journalist Jamal Khashoggi previous year, but he said undercutting the coalition's efforts in Yemen would hand a victory to Iran's faction. "I hope the Saudi leadership is paying attention". Indeed, a lead sponsor of Wednesday's Senate bill was Sen. President Donald Trump has threatened to veto the motion, claiming that the resolution would undermine the fight against extremism.
But Khashoggi's murder doesn't account for all Republican defections. But lawmakers insist the resolution would also require Trump to end intelligence sharing and targeting support for the Saudis by defining those activities as "hostilities" under the War Powers Act. Referring to the fact that the Saudis and Emiratis are deliberately starving Yemenis, Sen. The Saudi coalition has come under intense scrutiny for bombing civilian targets, including schools and funerals.
Last year, the Senate voted unanimously to hold the crown prince responsible for Khashoggi's slaying.
"Our focus should be on ending the war in Yemen responsibly", he said. They've been instrumental in the drafting of the legislation.
"Today the Senate sent a strong message that only Congress is allowed to decide if our country goes to war".
Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, who chairs the Foreign Relations Committee, argued that USA support for the Saudi-led coalition helps facilitate peace talks and withdrawing from the conflict would delay an eventual political settlement.
A similar resolution to end support for the Yemen war passed the Senate in December, but it was not taken up by the then Republican-controlled House. USA support for the Saudis does not constitute engaging in "hostilities", the statement said, and the Yemen resolution "seeks to override the president's determination as commander in chief".
Ben Armbruster is the communications director for Win Without War and previously served as national security editor at ThinkProgress.