U.S. Senate Votes to Withdraw Support for Saudi-led War in Yemen, Defying Trump

The 56-41 vote marks the first time either chamber of Congress has backed a move to withdraw U.S. troops from foreign military engagement

Senator Bob Corker speaks to reporters before a series of votes on legislation ending U.S. military support for the war in Yemen on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 13, 2018.
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The U.S. Senate backed a resolution on Thursday to end U.S. military support for the Saudi Arabian-led war in Yemen, defying President Donald Trump with a historic vote that underscored lawmakers' anger over the murder of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

The votes were largely symbolic because to become law the resolutions would have to pass the House of Representatives, whose Republican leaders have blocked any legislation intended to rebuke the Saudis. 
In a historic move, Senators voted 56-41 to end U.S. military support for the Saudi Arabian-led campaign in Yemen.

It was the first time either chamber of Congress had backed a move to withdraw U.S. forces from a foreign military engagement under the War Powers Act. 

That law, passed in 1973 during the Vietnam War, limits the president's ability to commit U.S. forces to potential hostilities without congressional approval. 

Seven of Trump's fellow Republicans joined Senate Democrats to back the measure. 

Immediately after the Yemen vote, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution blaming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for Khashoggi's murder and insisting that Saudi Arabia hold accountable anyone responsible for his death. 

Trump has said he wants Washington to stand by the Saudi government, and the prince. He promised to veto the war powers resolution. 
But backers of the resolution and of action against the Saudis, including some of Trump's fellow Republicans, promised to press ahead. 

This comes after the U.S. State Department said on Sunday that the U.S. wants to continue support to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen's war and will remain engaged in efforts to combat Iranian influence and Islamist militancy in the Arab state.

Earlier Thursday the United Nations secretary general said Yemen's warring sides have agreed after week-long peace talks in Sweden to a province-wide cease-fire in Hodeida and a withdrawal of troops from the contested Red Sea port city.