WASHINGTON, March 12 – In advance of an expected vote in the Senate Wednesday on a resolution to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement:
"The resolution we will vote on in the Senate tomorrow to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen is enormously important and historic. This war is both a humanitarian and a strategic disaster, and Congress has the opportunity to end it.
"As a result of the Saudi-led intervention, Yemen is now experiencing the worst humanitarian disaster in the world. According to the United Nations, Yemen is at risk of the most severe famine in more than 100 years, with some 14 million people facing starvation. An estimated 85,000 children have already starved to death over the last several years, and millions more face death if the war continues. Beyond the humanitarian crisis, this war has been a disaster for our national security and the security of the region.
"Furthermore, U.S. participation in this war has not been authorized by Congress and is therefore unconstitutional. For the first time in 45 years, Congress must exercise its power under the War Powers Resolution and remove the U.S. from this war in Yemen.
"In December, the Senate made history by passing this same resolution. The humanitarian catastrophe has only gotten worse in Yemen, and our intervention there is every bit as unconstitutional as it was then. This time, after passing the Senate, I am confident it will pass in the House."