Sensor. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Chris Murphy, D-Con SJRes54, Implementing the war powers’ proposal to force a Senate floor vote to end unauthorized US involvement in the Saudi War in Yemen. A floor vote on the resolution is expected next week. Co-sponsors Currently include Senate Democratic whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., And censors Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., And Corey Booker, DNJ.
The Sanders-Lee Yemen war power resolution will get a vote. While the device has never been used to bind Senate votes on war powers, it has been used to bind Senate votes on arms sales. In September 2016 and June 2017, these provisions of the law were used to bind Senate votes on the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia.
The resolution could pass the Senate, as the margin of the June 2017 vote was narrow. Twenty-seven senators – 43 Democrats and four Republicans – voted against continuing Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. If Yemen again has the same 47 votes against Saudi Arabia’s war – and war and humanitarian devastation have only worsened since June – then four more senators who voted against Saudi Arabia’s war would make 51.
In June, five Democratic senators voted to sustain Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen: Claire McAskill of Missouri, Joe Donley of Indiana, Mark Warner of Virginia, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Bill Nelson of Florida. Doug Jones of Alabama was not yet in the Senate. If 47 votes, as they did in June, and if four of these six Democrats vote against the war, the motion will pass, even if more than the four Republicans who voted against the war in June Republicans may not have voted for it. In the Democratic side, groups pushing for a yes vote include Move ahead, Credo, Avaaz And Prime.
In addition, groups on the right that were not active on the June vote are supporting the Sanders-Lee resolution, which includes FreedomWorks, In defense of christians And Breitbart. So there may be more than four Republicans who vote for the Sanders-Lee bill.
If the Sanders-Lee proposal passes, there is a possibility that the Trump administration will comply with the Senate’s demand. The presidents backed off on facing a massive Congress push on the war powers. In August 2013, President Barack Obama threatened to bomb Syria without authorizing Congress. Two hundred Republican and Democratic House members signed a letter to Obama, saying that under the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution, you cannot do so without our prior authorization.
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Obama backed down and agreed to Congress’ demand for authority. When he could not achieve it, he called for a diplomatic solution. Later, Obama’s adviser Ben Rhodes admitted that Obama had not acted without congressional authorization, because of this, in part Risk of impeachment.
President Donald Trump himself called for Saudi Arabia earlier in December. Completely end your blockade of goods in Yemen; Two days later, the White House called Immediate termination of hostilities In Yemen. It would be difficult for the Trump administration to explain why America’s involvement in the Saudi war should continue when the Senate declared such participation unconstitutional and insisted that it cease, even the administration said That hostilities should end, with millions of people on the brink of famine, even in the form of war, creating the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, with even American taxpayers paying for humanitarian aid to end the famine. Saudi Arabia is deliberately producing in Yemen.
Saudi Arabia would not continue the war without US military support. Foreign Policy Reported Saudi-United Arab Emirates “Daily bombing operations would not be possible without the continued presence of US Air Force tanker aircraft that refuel coalition jets.” Bruce Riedel, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the CIA, What was said: “If tonight the United States and the United Kingdom told King Salman, ‘This war is to end,’ it will end tomorrow. The Royal Saudi Air Force cannot operate without American and British support.”
But if Trump does not comply with the Senate’s demand, the case will return to the House. HConRes81 It was started in September by Rips. RO Khanna, D-California, Thomas Massey, R-Q., Mark Pokan, D-Wiz and Walter Jones, RNC. It is currently 50 Co-sponsors. At that time, the house leader was able to block the floor action. But given the resolution passed in the Senate, the political dynamics in the House will be completely different. The pressure for the House to take up the Senate resolution will be intense and members of the House like Khanna may try to implement the War Powers resolution to cast a vote.
If the Sanders-Lee resolution can pass the Senate, then fellow legislation can pass the House. Already in June 2016, the last time the House was allowed to vote on any aspect of this war, 40 House Republicans joined 164 House Democrats Almost block Transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia.
It is hard to imagine that Trump would have risked impeachment to continue the Saudi war in Yemen. Does Trump really care about preserving the conflict?