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  • House Votes to End US Support for Saudi Coalition in Yemen

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Published 4 April 2019

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to put an end to Washington's support for the Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen. 

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution on Thursday to end U.S. support for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in the war in Yemen, rebuffing President Donald Trump's policy toward the kingdom.

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Because the resolution had already passed the Senate, the 247-175 vote in the Democratic-led House sends the resolution to the White House, which said last month Trump would issue a veto.

The final tally was not available, but about 15 House Republicans joined Democrats in backing the resolution.

The four-year-long civil war in Yemen, which pits the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels backed by Iran, has killed tens of thousands of people and spawned what the United Nations calls the world's most dire humanitarian crisis, with the country on the brink of famine.

Backers of the resolution argued that U.S. involvement in Yemen violated the constitutional requirement that Congress, not the president, should determine when the country goes to war.

Resolution opponents argued that support for the Saudi-led coalition was not an appropriate use of the War Powers Act that limits the president's ability to send troops into action.

Overcoming Trump's veto would require two-thirds majorities in both the Senate and House, more votes than it has garnered in either chamber.

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