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Kaine Statement Calling For Senate To Pass Resolution Ending U.S. Support For War In Yemen

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement calling on his colleagues to vote this week to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen:

“The U.S. inserted itself into a civil war that’s killed thousands of civilians and forced millions more to the brink of famine. As President Trump doubles down on his support for Saudi Arabia in the wake of the state-sponsored murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the burden falls on Congress to stand up for American values across the globe and stop our engagement in this conflict. The Senate should vote this week to end U.S. support for this devastating war, and then turn our focus to a peace process and humanitarian aid.”

Kaine is a co-sponsor of the bipartisan joint resolution, introduced by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Chris Murphy (D-CT), to remove U.S. Armed Forces from hostilities between the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis in Yemen. Kaine has been outspoken against the Saudi-sponsored murder of Virginia resident Jamal Khashoggi and has called to cease arms sales to Saudi Arabia until there is real accountability for Khashoggi’s death and dramatic improvement in the nation’s treatment of journalists and political dissidents.