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house Bill H. Joint Res. 37

Should U.S. Forces Helping the Saudi Coalition Against Iran-Backed Rebels in Yemen be Withdrawn?

Argument in favor

Congress never authorized the participation of U.S. military forces in the conflict in Yemen between the Saudi coalition and the Iran-backed Houthi rebels. Those troops should be withdrawn.

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last Tuesday
WE NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE! SAUDI ARABIA IS COMMITTING GENOCIDE. THE PEOPLE THAT ORDERED THAT TO THE YEMENI’S ARE THE DEVIL INCARNATE
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last Wednesday
The Saudi's have been behind so many atrocities, I simply don't believe they are on the right side of history. We shouldn't be helping their regime and we certainly shouldn't be selling them any weapons or giving their military support.
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last Wednesday
What the Saudis have been doing in Yemen is a travesty and a debacle. We need to stop supporting their insanity.
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Argument opposed

The U.S. has a clear national interest in helping the Saudi coalition defeat the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. Requiring the removal of the troops providing that assistance is ill-advised.

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last Wednesday
No! And I you put this question out already! We cannot afford to allow Iran to gain control in the Middle East! Period!
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last Thursday
17 of the 19 terrorist who flew planes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon were Saudis. They are not America’s allies. They are more of Trump’s crioked friends.
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last Thursday
Stop spending my hard-earned taxes on corporate welfare/military industrial complex aiding a corrupt and immoral Saudi regime. End ALL wars - bring our troops home so we can have Medicare for All and free college!
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joint resolution Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
  • The house Passed February 13th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 248 Yea / 177 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedJanuary 30th, 2019

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What is House Bill H. Joint Res. 37?

This resolution would direct the president to remove U.S. Armed Forces from the conflict in Yemen between the Saudi-backed coalition and the Iran-backed Houthi rebels within 30 days — except for forces engaged in operations directed at Al Qaeda. U.S. troops have been assisting the coalition in an advisory and training role and providing aerial refueling assistance, which would be prohibited by this bill.

The bill uses authority granted to Congress by the War Powers Resolution, which required the president to notify Congress of military action and required the military’s withdrawal after 60 days unless Congress enacted legislation to authorize the use of military force (AUMF) or declare war.

As a joint resolution, this bill could be signed into law by the president after it’s passed by both chambers of Congress.

Impact

U.S. Armed Forces in Yemen; the Saudi-led coalition; and the president.

Cost of House Bill H. Joint Res. 37

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) introduced this bill to withdraw U.S. forces helping the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen:

“The U.S.-Saudi military campaign in Yemen has triggered the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. More than 14 million Yemenis — half the country — are on the brink of famine, and at least 85,000 children have already died from hunger and disease as a result of the war. I’m proud to partner with colleagues and work to end U.S. military participation in the Saudi regime’s war in Yemen by reasserting Congress’ constitutional role on matters of war and peace. I am confident this will pass in the House when brought for a vote.”

During the 115th Congress, similar legislation passed the Senate on a 56-41 vote before stalling in the House. The White House opposed the bill, arguing that the U.S. isn’t engaged in hostilities against the Houthi rebels and that withdrawing U.S. forces would undermine national security:

“In addition to its erroneous premise, the joint resolution would harm bilateral relations in the region and negative impact the ability of the United States to prevent the spread of violent extremist organizations such as al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and ISIS in Yemen. The continued cooperation of the United States allows the Administration to support diplomatic negotiations to end the war, ensure humanitarian access, enhance efforts to recover United States hostages in Yemen, and defeat terrorists that seek to harm the United States.”

This legislation has the support of 78 cosponsors in the House, including 75 Democrats and three Republicans. The House Foreign Affairs Committee is set to hold a hearing regarding U.S. policy on the Arabian peninsula and in Yemen on Wednesday, February 5, 2019.


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AKA

Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress.

Official Title

Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress.

    WE NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE! SAUDI ARABIA IS COMMITTING GENOCIDE. THE PEOPLE THAT ORDERED THAT TO THE YEMENI’S ARE THE DEVIL INCARNATE
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    No! And I you put this question out already! We cannot afford to allow Iran to gain control in the Middle East! Period!
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    The Saudi's have been behind so many atrocities, I simply don't believe they are on the right side of history. We shouldn't be helping their regime and we certainly shouldn't be selling them any weapons or giving their military support.
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    What the Saudis have been doing in Yemen is a travesty and a debacle. We need to stop supporting their insanity.
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    Saudi Arabia is not a ally. They are poison shilling, chem pushers that support the USA oil addiction for profit. Energy independence isn’t just a environmental issue. It’s a national security issue. Oil imports are most problematic in domestic politics and energy security when they come from countries that are openly hostile to US foreign policy and interests (Iran, Venezuela, and formerly Iraq), are former or potential future rivals (Russia) or have questionable alliances and human rights practices (Saudi Arabia). We can’t continue being beholden to these countries for our energy.
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    We need to stop being a part of this Saudi led genocide and immediately find a way to provide drastically needed emergency medical and food assistance to the starving civilians of Yemen who are all non combatants, but yet are starving to death and dying of cholera by the hundreds of thousands and perhaps even millions right now in one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters ever! It is wrong for America to be a part of this genocide! We must provide these civilians with aide now! Millions of innocent people and young children are dying every day! Please stop this, and send immediate aide!
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    The Saudi’s are NOT our friends.
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    This bill should be amended to provide humanitarian aid to the innocent victims in this war. Women, children and non-combatants must be helped. Just walking away is not what we should do since the US has been complicit in part of the human disaster!
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    Let’s be clear, the U.S. is illegally participating in a civil war in Yemen! This has not been authorized by Congress and we should not be there anyway. We should not be assisting the Saudis in the creation of a humanitarian disaster in that country! The Saudis are bombing civilian areas killing thousands and millions are starving! We need to pull our troops out, stop selling weapons to the Saudis, and condemn them for war crimes!
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    17 of the 19 terrorist who flew planes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon were Saudis. They are not America’s allies. They are more of Trump’s crioked friends.
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    Let’s get out now!!
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    Congress has not approved this military action and time is up on the presidential action they are allowed to do without congressional approval.
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    We should get out of Yemen and stop supporting those that are waging this war. Until Saudi Arabia owns the fact they assassinated Jamal Khashoggi we should stop supporting them.
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    We never should have given our support to another proxy war where innocent men, women and children are in the crossfire of a struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran over whose dictatorship gets control of the lives of the Yemeni people.
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    The only "vital interest" the US has in this war is to continue to enrich the American Oligarchy at the expense of the "rest of us". Americans should be ashamed of the Empire they support that condemns the world to so much suffering merely to ensure Jeff Bezos can buy a bigger yacht.
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    Stop spending my hard-earned taxes on corporate welfare/military industrial complex aiding a corrupt and immoral Saudi regime. End ALL wars - bring our troops home so we can have Medicare for All and free college!
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    Only Congress can declare war. It needs to reclaim this responsibility.
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    Stop supporting Saudi genicide.
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    the Saudi government is committing war crimes every day we should not be a part of this they own our president
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    WHY IS AMERICA HELPING THAT MURDEROUS DESPOT? I'M SURE THEY HACE MORE THAN ENOUGH MONEY TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES CONSIDERING THEY SUCK ALL THE MONEY OUT OF THE COUNTRY ALL THE WHILE THEIR PEOPLE ARE PROBABLY LIVING IN POVERTY AND JUST LIKE TRUMP WANTS TO DO HERE, THERE IS "NO FREEDOM OF THE PRESS" THERE SO WE CAN ONLY GUESS. BUT CONSIDERING FIVE MILLION CHILDREN AMERICAN CHILDREN GO HUNGRY IN AMERICA ON A DAILY BASIS I CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT HAPPENS IN THAT COUNTRY. NO MORE HELPING ANY COUNTRY KILL PEOPLE WITH AMERICAN TROOPS WHERE THE OUTCOME WON'T AFFECT AMERICA IN ANY WAY. WHAT A SHIT SHOW AMERICA HAS BECOME UNDER THE ORANGE IDIOT TRYING TO BE A DICTATOR IN "OUR COUNTRY" THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN HERE. TRUMP YOU ARE GOING DOWN AS THE LYING, TRAITOROUS, SCUMBAG, PIG THAT YOU ARE
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