Sanders, Lee and Murphy Try to Pull US Out of Yemen War

Sanders Lee push for end to US involvement in Yemen war

Progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont joined forces today with Tea Party conservative Sen. Sanders emphasized the need for Congress to reclaim its constitutional prerogative. Rand Paul past year to try to prevent arms sales to Saudi Arabia for its war in Yemen.

There are multiple unauthorized wars going on, of course, but recent USA presidents have argued that the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) could vaguely be interpreted to cover them. The act, which dates back to 1973, limits the president's power to wage war without congressional authorization.

"This is a US war in Yemen, yet it's never had any legal justification", he continued.

"This will be a telling moment for the Democratic caucus to see where they are on some of these questions", Stephen Miles, the director of the activist coalition Win Without War, told Al-Monitor. The conflict has sparked the world's largest humanitarian crisis, according to the UN. "And so they have - they have the principal oversight for - for that", he said.

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In November, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution that declared the United States' involvement in Yemen is unauthorized. "In many cases, the Saudis have aligned with Al Qaeda to fight the Houthis undermining our very counterterrorism operations". In response, a Saudi-led Arab coalition began a bombing campaign in 2015, to restore the exiled government to power.

"The provision of fuel to - to Saudi aircraft is - is provided for under the acquisition cross-servicing agreement that we have in place with - with Saudi Arabia". This is the first time the Senate will have ever attempted to do so.

Sanders, an independent senator that entered the presidential race in 2016 as a Democrate, said: " We believe that, as Congress has not declared war or authorized military force in this conflict, the USA involvement in Yemen is unconstitutional and unauthorized and United States military support of the Saudi coalition must end".

Mike Lee (R-UT) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who say the U.S.is involved in an unauthorized war.

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The effort seeks to invoke the War Powers Resolution and end the USA role in the war-ravaged country. "Those things themselves implicate the War Powers Act".

It was not immediately clear how the resolution would move forward without support from the Republican leadership. "That law guarantees a vote on the Senate floor within days".

"The two of them working together is certainly going to attract a lot of media attention and there's been a lot of grassroots support for this issue", said Kate Gould, the legislative director for Middle East Policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a Quaker lobby.

A similar effort, introduced previous year in the House by two Democrats and two Republicans, has 50 co-sponsors. "We don't know what to anticipate". "We saw with Mr. Khanna's resolution, there was support from ..."

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Murphy teamed with Republican Sen. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., supported blocking the sale. Rand Paul, R-Ky., pushed for a vote to block a $500 million sale of precision-guided missiles for use against the Houthis. The vote failed by a vote of 53-47 - far closer than a similar effort by the two senators to block a $1.15 billion tank sale in 2016.

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