US Senate advances vote on ending military support for Saudis in Yemen

Screenshot  C-SpanSenator Bernie Sanders displays

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He said that Israel is the only country whose military is "directly engaging Iranian forces" with air strikes in neighboring Syria, where Iran supports the forces of President Bashar al-Assad.

The effort to stop American involvement in Yemen is still a long way from a done deal.

Such a resolution would also rebuke President Trump, who has resisted lawmaker calls to hold the prince responsible for the murder, saying the evidence is not there. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

"The United States seeks to work with all other members of the Council to reimpose on Iran the ballistic missiles restrictions outline in 2019", Pompeo said at a Security Council meeting. "That's a profound statement that will reverberate all over the world". Some of them have criticized the US response as weak and urged harsher action against Saudi Arabia. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and other lawmakers, said the legislation will pass when it comes to a full vote in the Senate and that it is meant to hold Saudi leaders accountable for human rights abuses. The bill, introduced by Vermont independent Sen. Only 44 senators voted for it in March.

The Senate is expected to vote next week on the Yemen resolution, but senators are wrestling with how to limit amendments to prevent a freewheeling floor debate that would allow votes on unrelated issues. The Saudi government has acknowledged that its agents killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but have argued that it was a rogue operation not ordered by the monarchy. "And people began to ask, why are we allied with a Saudi war in Yemen which is killing children?"

In the meantime, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis are set to defend the alliance with Riyadh in a closed-door briefing to Congress on Thursday.

United States officials believe that Khashoggi's murder was ordered by the Saudi crown prince. "Because - and I think they will".

"It was bad enough that Republicans for the first time ever used a legislative maneuver to shut off the privilege of a Yemen resolution last month", McGovern said. "It may show up tomorrow, it may have shown up overnight and I have not seen it", Pompeo told Fox News in an interview.

Corker's resolution comes as the Senate is searching for how to respond to Khashoggi's killing amid growing frustration with the U.S. -Saudi relationship on Capitol Hill.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a resolution on Wednesday proposed by Sens.

Backed by the U.S., the Saudi-led military campaign has created a human crisis in the impoverished country, killing some 15,000 people and displacing thousands more.

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia ruled out extraditing suspects in the Jamal Khashoggi case to Turkey late Sunday, the country's Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir said.

Menendez of New Jersey said Corker's ideas would water down the sanctions.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday gave his most direct endorsement of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as both the USA and Saudi Arabia move to rein him in after Jamal Khashoggi's murder.

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