Emirates Leaks: An unprecedented US threat against the UAE war on Yemen
US lawmakers from both the Democratic and Republican parties are preparing to pass a new law ending their country’s support for the Saudi-UAE alliance in Yemen.
The difference this time is the possibility of a greater chance of success after the Senate failed to approve a similar law last month, according to “Reuters”.
Republican Sen. Mike Lee, Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, Democratic Senators Ru Khana and Mark Buchan, will present the legislation in the Senate.
The council had unanimously approved a resolution on Yemen-related war by 56 votes to 41 in December. Seven Republican members joined the Democrats to vote on what many saw as criticism of Republican President Donald Trump amid anger at Saudi Arabia not only for civilian deaths in Yemen but also for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in his consulate in Turkey last October. Trump, however, threatened to veto the legislation.
It was the first time either House of Congress had supported a decision to withdraw US forces from military participation under the War Powers Act.
The law, passed in 1973, restricts the president’s ability to assign US forces to war operations without congressional approval.
But that action never went any further because the Republicans who controlled the House of Representatives at the time did not allow a vote to end full support before the end of the year.
Democrats now have a majority in the House of Representatives, but the Republicans have boosted position in the Senate by two more seats, with 53 seats versus 47 for Republicans.
The legislation has to be approved by two-thirds of the chambers to cancels Trump’s veto if he uses it.
The opponents of the resolution reject any action that affects the alliance’s strategic relationship with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as an anti-Iran alliance, while lawmakers and human rights organizations say the Riyadh-Abu Dhabi coalition in Yemen is involved in civil war violations and crimes.