House of Representatives Votes to End Involvement in Yemen

By Tyler Bauer

Following last month’s vote in the Senate, the House of Representatives voted yesterday to end American involvement in the Yemeni civil war. The House voted 247-175 in favor of the ending our involvement in the war. A similar vote occurred in the House in February, which I referenced last month. Yesterday’s vote was more or less a do-over, which was made necessary for procedural reasons. Yesterday’s vote in the House finalized the legislature’s position on the war in Yemen.

As I’ve said before, tens of thousands have died, with millions more being wounded or displaced by the fighting. Additionally, countless civilians are battling starvation or any number of curable diseases.

Republicans in the House were hesitant to end their support of our intervention in Yemen. In fact, some were so opposed to withdrawing support that they inserted a procedural measure involving Israel into the bill. Apparently, the proposed measure involving Israel would have added language to the bill which would condemn attempts to boycott Israel. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Republicans added language concerning Israel – which is completely unrelated to our involvement in Yemen – to the bill. By involving Israel – an ally loved on both sides of the aisle – the Republicans hoped to kill any support for the bill. This is an effective, albeit underhanded, tactic, as it’s practically political suicide to be anti-Israel. Despite the Republicans best efforts, the Democrats were able to gather enough support to end support for our involvement in Yemen.

As I said last month, both chambers of Congress working together on this issue doesn’t come as a surprise. Sadly, President Trump is likely to veto this bill once it reaches his desk. This would be his second veto, with his first veto coming just last month.

If you’re like me, you’re probably asking, “Why would President Trump want to remain involved in Yemen?” There’s really no good reason to stay in Yemen. However, President Trump has proven time and time again that he values our alliance with Saudi Arabia over just about everything else. Then again, if all of this wasn’t enough to deter him, why would he stop now?

Bonus…

If you’re the type who prefers to listening to reading (and an expert to a blogger), you should check out this interview from Lions of Liberty with Scott Horton. Scott Horton knows everything there is to know about Yemen, and he’s my favorite source on foreign policy.

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