Houthis hail USA vote on Saudi-coalition support

The Latest: Senate votes to end US support of Yemen war

Senate clears Yemen War Powers Resolution in rebuke to Trump

The US Senate, defying President Donald Trump's alliance with Saudi Arabia's Riyadh and his foreign policy, on Wednesday voted to end the country's support for Saudi Arabia-led airstrikes in Yemen.

Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled chamber approved a historic curtailment of presidential war powers that directs Trump "to remove United States Armed Forces from hostilities in or affecting the Republic of Yemen" within 30 days.

Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders has called the Saudi war on Yemen a humanitarian and strategic disaster.

The passage of the measure, which was co-sponsored Sen.

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The rivals Houthis - who are at war with the internationally recognized government and its backers from the Saudi-led coalition - hailed the Senate step, saying that USA support has "prolonged the conflict".

"Today, we begin the process of reclaiming our constitutional authority by ending USA involvement in a war that has not been authorized by Congress and is clearly unconstitutional", Sen. Both House and Senate measures garnered significant bipartisan support before it.

"Remember, we're only getting a couple of Republicans and they're voting with us as a matter of conscience", said Sen. Mike Lee, R- Utah.

The Senate on Wednesday passed a measure mandating the withdrawal of US forces from the Saudi/UAE-led war against Houthi rebels in Yemen.

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Al-Iryani, the information minister, warned that any USA pullout from its support for the coalition in Yemen's war would only serve Iran.

Wednesday's resolution will be considered in the now Democrat-led House of Representatives. "Concerns about Saudi human rights issues should be directly addressed with the administration and with Saudi officials", McConnell said from the Senate floor. Will there be political fallout for a president failing to accede to the will of Congress on matters of war and peace?

Opponents of the resolution warned Wednesday that it was "fundamentally flawed" and would compromise efforts to encourage a negotiated settlement to the Yemen conflict by making the US position appear fractured.

Approaching its fifth year, the war in Yemen has killed thousands and left millions on the brink of starvation, creating what the United Nations called the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

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Largely overlooked throughout this whole process is that these votes show how USA foreign policy, so often a byproduct of Washington lobbyists and other powerful special interests, can be democratized. Some Senate Republicans this week plan to vote again Trump's emergency declaration, congressional Republicans backed Trump off a withdrawal of US troops from Syria last month, and the House passed a resolution in January to bar a USA exit from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

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