Sanders to Bring Back War Powers Resolution to End Unauthorized U.S. Military Involvement in Yemen

BURLINGTON, Vt., Oct. 15 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement Monday:

"The recent disappearance and likely assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi only underscores how urgent it has become for the United States to redefine our relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

"Since 2015, the Saudi-led war in Yemen has become the world's largest humanitarian disaster. Earlier this year, along with Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), I introduced Senate Joint Resolution 54, which uses 1973 War Powers Resolution to compel the Trump administration to withdraw U.S. involvement in this war. This past March, the Senate tabled this resolution by a vote of 55-44. This crisis has only gotten worse since then, and our complicity even greater.

"Next month, I intend to bring SJ Res 54 back for a vote to give the Senate another opportunity to end U.S. support for this catastrophe, to reassert Congressional authority over matters of war, and to show the Saudi government that they do not have a blank check from the United States to continue human rights violations."