After the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution limiting U.S. military involvement in Yemen, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement explaining what she viewed as the significance of the resolution.
The resolution passed 248 to 177 with 18 Republicans joining all 230 House Democrats who voted in supporting it.
Here is her statement:
“The conflict in Yemen has gone on for far too long, leaving a permanent stain on the conscience of the world.
“House Democrats salute the persistent leadership of Chairman Adam Smith and Congressman Ro Khanna to pass this critical, long overdue resolution to reassert Congress’s long-established oversight responsibilities and limit America’s engagement in this horrific war. We call on the President to sign this legislation, and to work with the Congress to advance a peaceful, enduring political solution to the conflict and end the humanitarian crisis.
“Real, immediate action must be taken to end this devastating war.”
The House Committee on Foreign Affairs produced a report on H.J. Res. 37, the resolution Pelosi was addressing.
“Since 2015, the United States has provided military support to the Saudi-led coalition in the war against the Ansar Allah/Houthi movement,” said the report. “This support includes intelligence sharing and support, logistics, military advice, and, until recently, aerial refueling of Saudi-led coalition aircraft on combat missions against the Ansar Allah/Houthi movement.
“The United States and Saudi Arabia announced on November 9, 2018 that American armed forces would suspend this refueling,” the report said. “However, the Administration maintains that the President has the legal authority to resume refueling coalition aircraft on combat missions at any time, despite having no specific statutory authority for American participation in this war.”
“The objective of H.J. Res. 37 is to direct the President to remove U.S. Armed Forces from hostilities affecting Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress,” said the report. “It directs the President to remove forces within 30 days, unless Congress authorizes a later withdrawal date or specifically authorizes the use of the Armed Forces.”
“For purposes of this resolution, the term ‘hostilities’ includes in-flight refueling of non-United States aircraft conducting missions as part of the civil war in Yemen,” it said. “It also requires the President to report to Congress on the risks that would be posed if the United States were to cease supporting counter-Houthi operations in Yemen, and if Saudi Arabia were to cease sharing Yemen-related intelligence with the United States.”