The Senate on Tuesday voted against ending the U.S. military’s involvement in Yemen’s civil war.
The measure, brought forth by Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., sought to end the U.S. military’s now three-year involvement in Yemen by invoking the War Powers Resolution of 1973. The resolution says the U.S. president can approve engagement in combat abroad “only pursuant to (1) a declaration of war, (2) specific statutory authorization, or (3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.”
Neither of those conditions have been met, the senators argued, making the U.S. operation in Yemen illegal.
Senators voted 55-44 against the resolution.