Senate Cracks Down On Saudi Arabia 🗡️
Sending a message
Breaking with the president, the Republican-led Senate passed a resolution that would end US support for Saudi Arabia in the Yemen war. However, the House decided against voting on the resolution this year - effectively killing it. The Senate nonetheless thought it was important to send a message to Saudi Arabia and Trump.
War Powers Act 101
The Senate's resolution was meant to build on the War Powers Act - a law that requires Congressional approval in order for the president to enter an armed conflict. The law is intended to keep in check the president’s power to declare war. In this case, the Senate wants to prevent US soldiers from getting involved in Yemen.
The left focuses on using language that shows the Senate is ‘defying’ and ‘rebuking’ Trump. They highlight that the Senate voted on two resolutions, both of which challenge Trump’s support of the Saudi crown prince. In addition, they emphasize that both resolutions passed in a Republican-dominated Senate.
The right focuses on Iranian involvement in the Yemen-Saudi war and ties it to Obama. They highlight that Iran has been arming Houthi rebels in Yemen who have been attacking Saudi cities and innocent Yemenis. Furthermore, they emphasize that five House Democrats voted for Ryan’s measure to protect ‘Obama’s illegal war’.
A shift in stance
Regardless of whether the civil war in Yemen is a proxy-war between Saudi Arabia and Iran or a religious-political clash within Yemenis, the humanitarian crisis there continues to worsen. The advancement of these two resolutions marks a change in the Senate’s stance on the war, particularly after having voted against a similar resolution in March.
Political flip flops
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