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House passes Yemen withdraw resolution

In a 249-177 vote, the House passed a measure to end U.S. military support for the Saudi Arabia-backed war in Yemen, the latest in a series of moves by Congress aimed at curbing the president’s foreign policies. (POOL)

The House on Wednesday passed a measure aimed at withdrawing all U.S. military support for the Saudi Arabia-backed war in Yemen, the latest in a series of rebukes by Congress to President Donald Trump’s foreign policy.

The Democratic-led House advanced the bill, 248-177, as its first major vote on foreign policy, making it priority even as the administration resists congressional involvement in the conflict. Last year, with Republicans in the majority, the House refused to take up the measure in order to keep the president’s hands from being tied on a key foreign policy area.

Because a similar bill has passed the Senate before and is likely to pass again, it could be the first veto of Trump’s presidency.

The resolution, authored by Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., has strong support from both sides of the aisle. It would invoke the War Powers Resolution, inserting congressional oversight into the conflict in Yemen, effectively ending U.S. involvement and military assistance to the civil war there between the Yemen government and the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

“It’s overdue,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said of the measure.

Via: NBC News