Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

House Resolution Seeks End to U.S. Military Involvement in Yemen

By  Fiona Harrigan, Reason

It signals that many in Congress still condemn America’s role in the war and actions from the president that lack proper authorization.

Members of the House introduced a resolution yesterday that would help end U.S. military involvement in the Yemeni Civil War if passed.

The Yemen War Powers Resolution is sponsored by Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D–Wash.), Peter DeFazio (D–Ore.), Nancy Mace (R–S.C.), and Adam Schiff (D–Calif.). Dozens of other representatives have signed on as co-sponsors, including progressives like Rep. Ilhan Omar (D–Minn.) and conservatives like Rep. Thomas Massie (R–Ky.).

America’s involvement in the Yemeni Civil War began in March 2015 and has proven controversial among many lawmakers across three presidential administrations. Congress never authorized U.S. military action against the Houthis, the group currently fighting against the international coalition led by Saudi Arabia for control of Yemen. The Constitution explicitly requires such authorization, given that Congress has the sole power to declare war under Article 1, Section 8. Presidents have nonetheless introduced the U.S. armed forces to hostilities in Yemen and have provided logistical and intelligence support to the Saudi-led coalition.

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