House Joins Senate in Passing Resolution Requiring Withdraw of U.S. Troops from Conflict in Yemen
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that the House of Representatives has joined the Senate in approving S.J.Res. 7, a resolution directing the President to “remove the United States Armed Forces from hostilities in or affecting the Republic of Yemen.” The action reasserts the legislative branch’s war authority, guaranteed under the Constitution.
A civil war in Yemen, which includes the involvement of a Saudi Arabian coalition, has led to what the United Nations has described as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, leaving an estimated 16,000 Yemenis killed and as many as 20 million people without access to adequate food. The United States has provided military support to the Saudi-led coalition.
“The United States should have no role in supporting actions contributing to the atrocities inflicted on Yemen civilians as a result of this civil war,” said Rep Higgins who recently met with representatives from Peace Action and the Western New York Peace Center to discuss the situation in Yemen. “This is yet another example of Presidential overreach and this rebuke by Congress seeks to reverse U.S. involvement.”
The bipartisan vote of 247-175 in the House on April 4, follows a bipartisan vote of 54-46 in the Senate on March 13, approving the measure. The joint resolution now moves to the President’s desk. The White House has previously announced its opposition to the resolution.