The Senate voted on bringing a bipartisan measure which would end U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in Yemen to the floor of the Senate. Next week the Senate will vote to proceed to the bill by a simple majority vote. If the Senate agrees to proceed to the legislation, there will be 10 hours of debate, and then senators will be able to offer amendments to the bill.
The bill proposed by Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., would require President Trump to withdraw U.S. troops in or affecting Yemen within 30 days.
The measure would not affect troops fighting al Qaeda in Yemen. The Senate previously voted to table the measure in March by a vote of 55 to 44.
For nearly three years, Saudi Arabia has been backing Yemeni government soldiers, fighting a brutal war against Houthi rebels who have seized swaths of land. With weapons supplied by the U.S., Saudi Arabia is capable of much greater damage.
The Saudi-led coalition has hit weddings, market and schools with airstrikes, according to a U.N. report, and aid groups say a Saudi blockade has contributed to a deadly cholera outbreak, leaving thousands dead. There are as many as 14 million people at risk of starvation in Yemen.