US Senate approves resolution to end military involvement in Yemen
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US Senate approves resolution to end military involvement in Yemen

The US Senate approved SJ Res 7 on Wednesday that calls for the removal of US military from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen.

The resolution states that only Congress has the authority to declare war and that Congress has not declared war against the Houthis in the Republic of Yemen. The hostilities in Yemen are being led by Saudi Arabia. The resolution calls for the withdrawal of armed forces from Yemen within 30 days of the enactment of the resolution. The president will have 90 days to submit a report to Congress detailing how ending support for the conflict will pose increased risks to the United States or US armed forces abroad.

US activities in Yemen began in March 2015. The US has been providing support with aerial targeting and mid-flight aerial refueling.

The resolution specifies that it does not impact collection, analysis or sharing of intelligence regarding Yemen. The resolution also does not impact military operations and cooperation with Israel.

The resolution was passed by a vote of 54-46. All Democratic Senators voted in support of the resolution. The resolution was introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The Democratic Senators were joined by six Republican Senators. The Republican Senators who voted in support of the resolution include Susan Collins of Maine, Mike Lee of Utah, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Todd Young of Indiana. The resolution still must pass the House of Representatives.

The House of Representatives passed a similar resolution, HJRes 37, in February. A majority of SJRes 7 replicates the language used in HJRes 37. The Senate passed a prior resolution to withdraw from Yemen in November. The Senate Resolution was held at the House of Representatives.