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The Senate Passes Antiwar Yemen Resolution (S.J.Res. 7)

The Senate passed the antiwar Yemen resolution, S.J.Res. 7, by a vote of 54-46 this evening:

Despite the larger Republican majority in the Senate, the resolution still passed by a decent margin with several Republicans voting in favor. Republican co-sponsor Sen. Mike Lee delivered a cogent and impassioned defense of the resolution during the debate, and Sens. Paul and Young have remained some of the most steadfast supporters of ending U.S. involvement in the war. Along with Sen. Bernie Sanders and Chris Murphy, the other two leading co-sponsors, these senators have shown tremendous leadership and perseverance in the face of stiff resistance from the White House and Pentagon and the indifference of many of their colleagues. The Senate has once again delivered an historic rebuke to presidential overreach and an indefensible policy in Yemen. Now the resolution will move back to the House again where it is all but certain to pass.

The White House is threatening to veto the measure if it comes to the president’s desk, but Trump should be forced to own this policy and its consequences fully. Congress is sending the Saudi coalition and the Trump administration a clear message that America’s elected representatives do not consent to our involvement in this war and will never authorize it. The Senate has struck an important blow for Congress’ role in matters of war and for the cause of peace in Yemen, and the senators that voted to pass the resolution have done a good service for our country and for the people of Yemen.

Update: The full roll call for the vote is here [3]. Every Democratic senator voted for the resolution, and they were joined by seven Republicans. I mentioned Sens. Lee, Paul, and Young above. The other four were Sens. Collins, Daines, Moran, and Murkowski.

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#1 Comment By Clyde Schechter On March 13, 2019 @ 8:19 pm

This is a nice step forward. Even though Trump will probably veto it, and Congress will fail to override his veto, this is the first time in several decades that Congress has even tried to reassert its authority over war powers. Let’s hope it’s the beginning of a new trend.

Mr. Larison, I cannot help but feel that your long, tireless efforts to publicize America’s involvement in this criminal war have played a role in this development. You have been a lone voice crying in the wilderness, but you have begun to be heard. Thank you for your leadership on this. The world as a whole is indebted to you for it.

#2 Comment By a spencer On March 13, 2019 @ 8:20 pm

I haven’t seen a roll call, but I assume from your tags that Mike Lee, Rand Paul and Todd Young voted for it. Good for them. Give it a couple weeks and they may find some more who see the hand writing on the wall.

Did this end up being true of all 46 Nays?

So, the GOP can do a couple things:
a) start introducing House add-ons about anti-Semitism to slow it down
b) Trump vetoes it
c) Senate finds enough votes to overturn
c2) or not


Trump could do what he could have done at any time in the last two years, dunked on Obama, and said “See?” all at the same time, scoring points across the board.

The cards are on the table.

Special Thanks to our host for his dedication to the cause and all the folks out there who have been fighting long odds from the beginning.

#3 Comment By a spencer On March 13, 2019 @ 8:26 pm

sorry for the double post

I hope President Sanders remember this – the imperative of Congressional approval – in a couple years.

I’m guessing Matt Duss would offer solid protection from this sort of thing happening in the future. Bring in Bacevich and he’d have a huge edge in foreign policy, no matter what NYT Friedman says.

#4 Comment By Midnight Chime On March 13, 2019 @ 11:12 pm

“Special Thanks to our host for his dedication to the cause and all the folks out there who have been fighting long odds from the beginning.”

Hear, hear! Not enough can be said for TAC’s Daniel Larison. American conservatives are in his debt.

But there’s no rest for the weary. It’s crucial to follow through. The species of evil that embroiled us with the Saudis in Yemen is remarkably aggressive and never sleeps.

#5 Comment By Bob On March 14, 2019 @ 11:35 am

Thank you Daniel Larison for keeping this issue in the eyes of TAC readers. Conservatives and liberals alike can celebrate this achievement. This liberal welcome the chance to vote for any of those seven Republican senators if they would challenge Trump.

#6 Comment By Sid On March 14, 2019 @ 8:43 pm

Thank you Senators Lee and Sanders for letting some sunlight (the best disinfectant) into those dark corridors.