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senate Bill S. Joint Res. 54

Should U.S. Forces Helping the Saudi Coalition Against Iran-Backed Rebels in Yemen be Withdrawn?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 Those troops should be withdrawn.

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03/02/2018
Maybe it would make sense if the Saudis weren't conducting a genocide of poor Yemeni civilians.
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Lesia's Opinion
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03/02/2018
Why are we helping the richest country in the world with this nonsense. Get our service members home and stop acting like your children with toy soldiers. Those are Americans!
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Timnyc's Opinion
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03/02/2018
Yes we have no reason to be in Yemen We can have preferred counter terror missions from the air and targeted strikes when intelligence deems necessary with ground forces We only need support staff not a large force. There is NO clear mission goals stated to the American people
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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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03/02/2018
Iran military wants to disrupt the region its worth stopping them.
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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03/02/2018
Continue Saudi Arabia Support 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 How’s it that that old saying go..... “The Enemies of My Friends are my Enemies & “The Friends Of my Enemies are my Enemies”, So in my opinion, YES, we should continue the support to Saudi Arabia. SneakyPete.... 🤔👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻🤔..... 1*16*19.....
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03/02/2018
The US presence in Yemen is needed for international stability.
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joint resolution Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate Passed December 13th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 56 Yea / 41 Nay
      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
    IntroducedFebruary 28th, 2018

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What is Senate Bill S. Joint Res. 54?

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. It 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. U.S. troops have been assisting the coalition in an advisory and training role.

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 Senate Bill S. Joint Res. 54

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced this bill to remove U.S. Armed Forces from Yemen that are assisting the Saudi-backed coalition in their conflict with the Iran-backed Houthi rebels:

“We believe that, as Congress has not declared war or authorized military force in this conflict, the United States involvement in Yemen is unconstitutional and unauthorized, and U.S. military support of the Saudi coalition must end. That is why today we are introducing a joint resolution pursuant to the 1973 War Powers Resolution calling for an end to U.S. support for the Saudi war in Yemen.”

Original cosponsor Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) added:

“With this resolution, Congress can re-assert power over foreign policy decision-making. It can authorize — or decline to authorize — military engagement and define U.S. national interests.”

This legislation has the support of five cosponsors, including four Democrats and one Republican (Lee).


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: ahmedfarwan via Flickr / Creative Commons)

Official Title

A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress.

    Maybe it would make sense if the Saudis weren't conducting a genocide of poor Yemeni civilians.
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    Iran military wants to disrupt the region its worth stopping them.
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    Why are we helping the richest country in the world with this nonsense. Get our service members home and stop acting like your children with toy soldiers. Those are Americans!
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    Yes we have no reason to be in Yemen We can have preferred counter terror missions from the air and targeted strikes when intelligence deems necessary with ground forces We only need support staff not a large force. There is NO clear mission goals stated to the American people
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    Absolutely! Congress never authorized military action and Saudi Arabia is facilitating a humanitarian disaster in Yemen as well. People are starving, innocent civilians are getting bombed, and infrastructure is being destroyed. We need to stop assisting Saudis and demand that they end their intervention in Yemen!
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    US complicity in the Saudis' illegal genocide campaign must end immediately. The House of Saud is one of the most brutal regimes in the world and the assistance provided to them by the US, which preaches the rhetoric of freedom and democracy, is inexusable.
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    I am disappointed that this issue is being ignored. We shouldn’t be conducting unauthorized wars. We should not be the worlds police. Stop the warmongering. Bring our soldiers home. Since the United States was founded in 1776, she has been at war during 214 out of her 235 calendar years of existence. In other words, there were only 21 calendar years in which the U.S. did not wage any wars. We need to stop!
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    War is murdering people to protect the rights of the super-wealthy to continue their destructive quest for profits. So, yes. Withdraw our troops from whatever communities they’re terrorizing.
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    We are just contributing to the misery of the Yemeni people. And the Saudis should not be trusted after 9/11. It’s a theocratic dictatorship that has helped spread Wahhabism, an extreme fundamentalist interpretation of Islam that has led to the rise of the Taliban, Al Qaeda and IS.
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    We are not the world police!!
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    Continue Saudi Arabia Support 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 How’s it that that old saying go..... “The Enemies of My Friends are my Enemies & “The Friends Of my Enemies are my Enemies”, So in my opinion, YES, we should continue the support to Saudi Arabia. SneakyPete.... 🤔👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻🤔..... 1*16*19.....
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    Never should have been there supporting the bombing of civilians!
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    Get them out and stop supporting the house of Saud in their proxy war with Iran while slaughtering 1000’s of Yemeni civilians.
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    We have caused enough trouble in the Middle East.
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    American taxpayers do not want to fund the deaths of so many women and children. Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the world. What we are doing there is an outrage.
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    The US presence in Yemen is needed for international stability.
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    ‘America is a country for freedom’... and we are aiding a terrorist country that did 911 is currently bombing Yemen killing hundreds of thousands of lives. Yes we need to withdraw.
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    It’s time to bring the troops home. Almost 17 years in Afghanistan, no more nation building. Get us out of Iraq, Yemen, Syria and Nigeria as well. The money used as foreign aid should be stopped and funneled back into our schools and our infrastructure. No more policing the world. You have made more Terrorist than you have destroyed.
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    The era of Obama policies protecting Iranian terrorism has ended. Good riddance.
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    Let the Saudi conduct the war themselves Why should we sacrifice our men and for the Saudi’s cause.
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