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senate Bill S. Joint Res. 7

Should American Forces Helping the Saudi Coalition Fight Iran-Backed Rebels in Yemen Be Withdrawn?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 Those troops should be withdrawn.

burrkitty's Opinion
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03/13/2019
The Founders specifically gave Congress, the branch closest to the people, the power to declare war. Yet we’ve been in the Yemeni Civil War since 2015 without the go-ahead from Congress. It was unconstitutional then, and it’s unconstitutional now.
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Loren's Opinion
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03/13/2019
We should divert 100% of our military budget to schools, healthcare, a Green New Deal, and building infrastructure. Troops out of everywhere, now.
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Jennifer's Opinion
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03/13/2019
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 Those troops should be withdrawn.
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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.

SneakyPete's Opinion
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03/13/2019
👎🏻👎🏻 I’m in strongly opposed to the Ill 🤒 advised resolution 👎🏻👎🏻 It’s becoming more and more apparent that Democratic members of Congress are more in tone with their Party’s Political agenda than the needs of our nations national interests. This Senator Sander’s Ill 🤒 advised resolution which 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 sadly prohibited by this bill. 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. SneakyPete..... 3*13*19..... 🙀👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻🙀
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ProudAmerican's Opinion
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03/14/2019
Why in the world would we stop supporting our close Allies, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, in their fight against the evil Iranian proxy Houthis?
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James's Opinion
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03/13/2019
No! Iran is our sworn enemy! We’ve been over this before Countable! You’ve asked this question before and From a Vet that is versed in international affairs! Again No!
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joint resolution Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate Passed March 13th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 54 Yea / 46 Nay
      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
    IntroducedJanuary 30th, 2019

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What is Senate Bill S. Joint Res. 7?

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 Senate Bill S. Joint Res. 7

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced this bill to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen by using the War Powers Resolution:

“With the first-ever passage of a War Powers Resolution last month, the United States Senate said in no uncertain terms that we will not continue to have our military posture dictated by a despotic murderous regime in Saudi Arabia. We look forward to quickly passing this resolution to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. We are going to send a strong signal to the president that the U.S. Congress is prepared to play the role designed for us by the framers of the Constitution.”

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

“The Founders specifically gave Congress -- the branch closest to the people -- the power to declare war. Yet we’ve been participating in war actions in the Yemeni Civil War since 2015 without the go-ahead from Congress. It was unconstitutional then, and it’s unconstitutional now. Today we are reintroducing the same resolution this body passed just last month and we look forward to swift action here in the Senate and the House.”

The White House announced in a statement of administration policy that President Donald Trump would veto this bill if it were to reach his desk:

“The premise of the joint resolution is flawed. Since 2015, the United States has provided limited support to member countries of the Saudi-led coalition, including intelligence sharing, logistics support, and, until recently, aerial refueling, to assist in the defense of United States allies and partners. The provision of this support has not caused United States forces to be introduced into hostilities. Such support is provided pursuant to licenses and approvals under the Arms Export Control Act, statutory authorities for the Department of Defense to provide logistics support to foreign countries, and the President’s constitutional powers. Because the President has directed United States forces to support the Saudi-led coalition under his constitutional powers, the joint resolution would raise serious constitutional concerns to the extent that it seeks to override the President’s determination as Commander in Chief.”

This legislation has the support of 18 cosponsors, including 17 Democrats and one Republican (Lee). The Senate passed a similar resolution during the 115th Congress on a 56-41 vote in December 2018.


Of Note: The House passed a similar resolution in February 2019 on a 248-177 vote, although it was amended via a motion to recommit to express the sense of Congress that it’s in the national security interest to combat anti-Semitism around the world. The move was a rebuke of anti-Semitic comments made by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), but the amendment prevented the Senate from taking up the same resolution because of parliamentary rules.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Hawkeye UK via Flickr / Creative Commons)

AKA

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.

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.

    The Founders specifically gave Congress, the branch closest to the people, the power to declare war. Yet we’ve been in the Yemeni Civil War since 2015 without the go-ahead from Congress. It was unconstitutional then, and it’s unconstitutional now.
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    👎🏻👎🏻 I’m in strongly opposed to the Ill 🤒 advised resolution 👎🏻👎🏻 It’s becoming more and more apparent that Democratic members of Congress are more in tone with their Party’s Political agenda than the needs of our nations national interests. This Senator Sander’s Ill 🤒 advised resolution which 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 sadly prohibited by this bill. 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. SneakyPete..... 3*13*19..... 🙀👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻🙀
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    We should divert 100% of our military budget to schools, healthcare, a Green New Deal, and building infrastructure. Troops out of everywhere, now.
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    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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    I see a lot of people voting no, who oppose US involvement - the way this question is worded, you should be voting YES, to withdraw US troops!!!!
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    Withdraw US military support for war in Yemen.
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    Stop helping murderous Saudi kill more poor defenseless Yemeni. The more confrontations in the world to more refugees in the world, and then we will have generations of disadvantaged, uneducated, dissatisfied to contend with. This is lose lose situation all around.
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    The Yemeni people have done nothing to harm us, and we should not be complicit in one of the greatest humanitarian crises on the face of the Earth. We should remove all of our involvement from that conflict immediately. And that includes no more weapon sales.
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    Withdraw all Americans from fighting for Saudi Arabia. This is not our war and it’s tough already here trying to connect with each other. Fiery as I can be about what’s right and Fierce as heck because we have the wrong side of the Yemen war. Catch me
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    Why in the world would we stop supporting our close Allies, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, in their fight against the evil Iranian proxy Houthis?
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    Yemen is an immense human tragedy that needs to be prosecuted by an International Court for the war crimes inflicted upon that nation by these interested parties.
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    No! Iran is our sworn enemy! We’ve been over this before Countable! You’ve asked this question before and From a Vet that is versed in international affairs! Again No!
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    Have we learned nothing from quick withdrawals of combat? Democrats once again showing political agenda over the needs of America
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    The overbearing U.S. presence in the middle east should end immediately. There is absolutely no reason to interfere with the affairs of others, especially when it means killing people who have nothing to do with the policymaking process of any of the countries involved.
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    This is for Congress to decide and this is a totally immoral war. Yemeni children are starving and dying of disease as they have been for months. Do we really want to be a nation that kills children? We need to stop and get out.
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    They are not fighting, merely assisting in training.
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    We have no interest in supporting or bombing any of those countries. If Congress disagrees, they should declare war as is their responsibility.
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    Has anyone noticed the rise in gas prices since the withdraw? Do you like better gas prices? There are many benefits by helping to fight off bad actors. Our President has been doing a great job given all the adversary he has had to deal with. Imagine what could be done if we unite behind the things we can agree on and put aside our political views.
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    Let the Middle East countries start taking care of themselves.
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    The Saudi’s are nothing but animals. And the trumps are doing nothing but sucking up to them to try to get money. It’s sick.
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