SANA’A – Two members of the US Senate, Independent senator and former presidental candidate Bernie Sanders, and Republican senator Mike Lee, have introduced a bill that, if passed, would end US support for Saudi Arabia’s war efforts against the Republic of Yemen.
“This legislation is neither liberal, nor conservative. It’s constitutional,” said Lee, who represents the state of Utah.
The bill seeks to invoke the so-called War Powers Resolution, a federal law that invokes the power of Congress to limit or end the power of the US President to engage in hostile acts without direct approval from Congress itself.
The bill was originally passed in 1973 as a counter-measure against then president Richard Nixon.
“Congress hereby directs the President to remove United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen, except United States Armed Forces engaged in operations directed at al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula or associated forces.”
Vermont senator Bernie Sanders supported the bill, saying: “If you look at the War Powers Act, what America is currently involved in constitutes a military action… That’s pretty clear.”
So far, it is uncertain whether the bill will pass voting in Congress, although many members, Democrats and Republicans alike, have voiced dissatisfaction at the continued direct US support for the Saudi campaign of mass murder and war crimes.
At least 13,600 people, most of them civilians, have been killed since a Saudi-led coalition invaded Yemen in March 2015. Much of the Arabian Peninsula country’s infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and factories, has been reduced to rubble due to the war, while hundreds of thousands have been displaced due to the bloodshed. The United Nations says a record 22.2 million people across Yemen are in need of food aid, including 8.4 million threatened by imminent starvation, making the Yemeni conflict the single biggest humanitarian disaster in the world.