House Passes Bill Ending Support for Saudi’s Yemen War
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FEATURING RAHUL MAHAJAN – The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to end US support for Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen in a rebuke to President Donald Trump. The vote was 248-177 with 18 Republicans siding with Democrats. The Senate had passed a similar measure last year 56 to 41 but the previous Republican leadership in the House had refused to hold a vote.
Now, with Democrats in power in the House the bill moves forward and the Senate is likely to pass its version of the bill in the coming weeks. House Republicans did push through an amendment that the US would continue its intelligence sharing partnership with Saudi Arabia whenever, “appropriate in the national security interest of the United States.” It is not clear if the President will sign the bill.
Rahul Mahajan is the the US Foreign Policy and Empire Correspondent for Rising Up With Sonali. He’s also the author of two books on the Iraq war: Full Spectrum Dominance: U.S. Power in Iraq and Beyond and The New Crusade: America’s War on Terrorism. He also teaches at University of Wisconsin, River Falls.