US Senate votes to end US support for Yemen war

The White House has threatened a veto, calling the measure "flawed."
Thursday 14/03/2019
From left, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Chris Murphy, and Sen. Mike Lee, before holding a news conference on the Senate vote on ending US support for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition fighting in Yemen, at the Capitol in Washington, March, 13, 2019. (AP)
From left, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Chris Murphy, and Sen. Mike Lee, before holding a news conference on the Senate vote on ending US support for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition fighting in Yemen, at the Capitol in Washington, March, 13, 2019. (AP)

The US Senate on Wednesday voted to end support for the Saudi-led war effort in Yemen.

Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled chamber approved a curtailment of presidential war powers that directs Trump "to remove United States Armed Forces from hostilities in or affecting the Republic of Yemen" within 30 days.

The Senate vote was 54 to 46, with seven Republicans aligning with Democrats.

The text now heads to the Democrat-led House of Representatives, which approved a similar measure that stalled earlier this year.

The White House has threatened a veto, calling the measure "flawed" and saying it would harm bilateral relationships in the region and hurt Washington's ability to fight extremism.

The United States provides weapons and refuelling to the Saudi led coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen.

Should it pass Congress, the measure could force Trump to issue the first veto of his tenure.

(AFP)