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House Appropriations Committee Adopts Ruppersberger’s Amendment Ending U.S. Support for Saudi-led Military Campaign in Yemen

May 21, 2019
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(Washington, DC) – The House Appropriations Committee today adopted language proposed by Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger that will end U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen. The amendment, which passed the committee in a 30-22 party line vote, will be included in the Fiscal Year 2020 Defense Appropriations Bill that now goes to the House floor for a full chamber vote.

“This amendment brings us one step closer to ending the horrific humanitarian crisis in Yemen and ensures the United States will no longer exacerbate the dire circumstances of the Yemeni people,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “Today, I make good on my promise to stand up for the people of Yemen and my constituents.”

The amendment is modeled off the Yemen War Powers resolution sponsored by Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) that passed Congress last month with bipartisan support but was vetoed by President Trump. The adopted amendment does not prevent operations against al Qaeda, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or ISIS.

U.S. military action in Yemen is not covered by the current Authorization for Use of Military Force, which has been used more than 30 times to justify military operations in 18 countries, including Yemen, without Congressional input, according to the Congressional Research Service.