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Senate Votes to End U.S. Support for Saudi War, Condemn Crown Prince for Khashoggi Murder

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by Countable | Updated on 12.13.18

The Senate on Thursday passed bills that would end U.S. military support for the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, and formally condemned Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Senators approved the Yemen war powers bill (S.J.Res. 54), offered by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Todd Young (R-IN), on a 56-41 vote that saw 7 Republicans join all Democrats in supporting the bill.

That marked the first time the Senate passed a bill withdrawing U.S. military forces under the War Powers Resolution (WPR). It also set precedent for future debate on bills considered under the WPR, as senators voted 96-3 to close a loophole and require that all amendments to WPR bills be germane (or relevant).

The second bill, offered by Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and approved by voice vote, calls for a diplomatic solution to the Yemen conflict and condemns Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman for his role in the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

What’s next for the bills?

Probably nothing, at least not until the 116th Congress is seated in January.

Earlier in the week, the House passed a rule governing debate on the Farm Bill (which it passed 369-47) that also stripped the privileged status from the Senate’s war powers bill by a razor-thin, three-vote margin.

That means its supporters won’t be able to force its consideration during the remaining weeks of the 115th Congress, although they’ve already signaled their intent to resume the debate in the new year.

— Eric Revell

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  • Laurel
    Voted Support
    12/13/2018
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    We should not have supported the Saudi war in the first place, with how damaging it has been to Yemeni civilians. But especially in light of the horrific murder of Khashoggi and crimes against free speech, we must withdraw our support

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  • Patriot1775
    12/13/2018
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    Great. Now, what is going to be done with the billions of dollars saved?

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  • Mark
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    12/14/2018
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    My what courage you have? I wish you had worked that hard to end taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood who murdered 638,000 innocent, defenseless, unborn children so far in 2018. Chopped them into pieces and vacuumed them out. Incredible. But hey you don’t owe me an explanation do you? A mere constituent. But you might owe one to God. At a future point that is.

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  • Esther
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    12/13/2018
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    Finally taking a stand!

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  • Sam
    12/14/2018
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    This is a fight we had no business being involved with. We NEED to stop needlessly putting American lives in danger. Worry about real threats to national security, not foreign affairs we have no part in.

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  • Bernie
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    12/14/2018
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    I’m tired of hearing about Kashoggi. The dude was not as clean as the wind driven snow. The same people complaining didn’t give a crap when Iran got millions of dollars to rain hell down from Syria into Israel.

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  • Robert
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    Glad to see Senator Young join Sanders to condemn our support of a regime that is using our weapons to murder and starve children in another meaningless war. The Saudis are not our friends.

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  • Mark
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    12/13/2018
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    Please remind me what country the 911 TERRORISTS CSME FROM? Say it NICE AND LOUD !! SAUDI ARABIA!!!

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  • DrCindyBean
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    12/14/2018
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    MBs must be held to account for BRUTALLY murdering Khashoggi. We should be out of Yemen.

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  • Surender
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    12/14/2018
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    Unfortunately more tokenism from the gop and empty words. It should have been unanimous so veto proof from moron. Blood on your hands gop / maga morons / evangelicals! You are vehemently anti abortion yet sanction killing thousands of living!

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  • Scott
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    12/14/2018
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    Saudi Arabia IS the state sponsor of terrorism that Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan were supposed to be. Provided and financed the majority of the 9/11 terror attacks, subjugates women, and now is the tail that wags the dog so the US is entered in their proxy wars. Dump Saudi Arabia Yesterday.

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  • J. scott
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    12/13/2018
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    Good for them — bad sign for Trump as it means they are loosing confidence in his foreign policy activities and see them as harmful to US interest.

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  • Cindy
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    12/13/2018
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    Stop this regime

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  • 12yanogden
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    12/13/2018
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    I’m satisfied that murderers are not funded or enabled by our congress.

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  • Robert
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    12/13/2018
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    That’s what we want...congress😁 Our POTUS is not much of a moral leader...I guess?

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  • amacchio
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    12/14/2018
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    FU "President" Trump🖕+ thank you EVERYONE else👊

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  • Lionman
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    12/13/2018
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    We the people, believe you should be held accountable for your actions and in this case, the actions of a de facto leader. This seems to send a more clear message to the Administration, that the Congress is getting tired of how they’re handling things.

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  • Steve
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    12/13/2018
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    The prince is absolutely involved, we need to hold him accountable!

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  • Alan
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    12/13/2018
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    Mbs must be held to account.

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  • Kaycek1
    Voted Support
    12/14/2018
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    I'm glad the Senate is sticking up for America's beliefs.

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