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FEATURING KEVIN MARTIN – The US Senate on Thursday voted 56 to 41 to end military participation in the Saudi Arabian war on Yemen. It was the strongest signal from both parties of disapproval of the Trump Administration’s unconditional support of the Saudis.

Soon after, the Senate passed a second resolution – this time unanimously – claiming that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman was responsible for the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and should be held accountable. According to the New York Times, “Together, the votes were an extraordinary break with Mr. Trump.”

Because the House passed a version of the Farm bill that included a rider preventing any resolutions on war powers before the end of the year, the House versions of the Senate resolutions will be taken up next year when the Democratic Party takes majority control of the House.

Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action.

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