The US Senate voted to halt the country’s participation in the Yemen war, as part of the Saudi-led coalition, in Washington DC on Wednesday.
A total of 54 congressmen voted in favour, while 46 voted against the resolution. US President Donald Trump has vowed to veto the resolution should it pass through the Congress.
Speaking ahead of the vote, US Senator Bernie Sanders said, “Today, we in the Senate, have the opportunity to take a major step forward in ending the horrific war in Yemen and alleviating that terrible, terrible suffering being experienced by the people in one of the poorest countries in the world.”
“Equally important, we can finally begin the process of reasserting Congress’ responsibility over war-making. As every schoolchild should know, Article 1 of the Constitution clearly states that it is Congress, not the president, that has the power to declare war,” he added.
“Today, we begin the process of reclaiming our constitutional authority by ending US involvement in a war that has not been authorised by Congress and it’s clearly unconstitutional,” said Sanders.