(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/14/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the passage of a bill in the U.S. Senate last night cutting off U.S. military support to Yemen.
Introduced by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Mike Lee (R-UT), Senate Joint Resolution 7 directs the President to remove U.S. forces from Yemen within 30 days of the adoption of the resolution. Without an official declaration of war, Congress has the authority to remove U.S. Armed Forces from hostilities abroad pursuant to the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. 1544(c)).
All Democratic Senators and seven Republicans voted for the resolution in a bipartisan rebuke of both President Trump’s foreign policy and abuse of executive authority.
The House of Representatives passed a similar bill last month but will now have to pass the Senate’s version of the bill. While it is expected to pass the House, it will likely be vetoed by President Trump.
“This bipartisan vote is an important step in recognizing the horrific human cost that U.S. military involvement has had in Yemen,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “It is time for American forces to withdraw so that humanitarian organizations can begin to alleviate the suffering of Yemeni civilians and end this crisis.”
McCaw urged members of the House to build on the momentum from yesterday and vote quickly and in favor of the bill.
The war in Yemen, which began in 2015 when a coalition of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia launched a campaign to oust Houthi rebels that had taken over the Yemeni capital, has taken the lives of more than 50,000 and displaced some 3 million people. Save the Children estimates that an additional 85,000 Yemeni children may have died from starvation or disease since the fighting began.
Last year, CAIR urged Americans to another resolution in the Senate calling for an end to U.S. military involvement in Yemen, which passed but was not voted on in the House.
SEE: CAIR Action Alert: Tell Congress to End U.S. Military Involvement in Yemen
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.