US Congress votes to end support for Yemen war, but Trump veto looms

The Peace Monument on Capitol Hill, Washington

(DW) – Congress used a decades-old War Powers Resolution to try and stop US support for the foreign conflict in Yemen. But it does not have the votes to override a likely presidential veto.

The House of Representatives voted 247 to 175 on Thursday to end American military assistance for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. It follows a Senate resolution passed last month.

It is the first time both chambers of Congress have voted to invoke the 1973 War Powers Act, created in the wake of the Vietnam War, to curb the executive’s power to take the US into a conflict without congressional approval.

Sixteen Republicans joined Democrats in the House vote, after seven of their colleagues had done the same in the Senate which passed a parallel resolution 54 votes to 46 in March.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.