House Resolution Seeks End to U.S. Military Involvement in Yemen
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.
Lawmakers are now citing a provision in the 1973 War Powers Resolution that says forces “engaged in hostilities outside the territory of the United States…without a declaration of war or specific statutory authorization” must be removed by the president “if the Congress so directs.” They point out that U.S. armed forces have been involved in “sharing intelligence for the purpose of enabling offensive coalition strikes” and “providing logistical support for offensive coalition strikes, including by providing maintenance or transferring spare parts to coalition members.” If passed, the resolution would direct the removal of those troops. Congress would reclaim its constitutional say in military engagement in Yemen, rather than permitting the president to continue involvement without proper oversight.
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