March 27, 2019

Kaine Statement On Saudi-Led Coalition Airstrike Killing Seven – Including Children – In Yemeni Hospital

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement on the Saudi-led coalition airstrike that killed seven people at a hospital in Yemen as the nation marks four years since the start of the war:

"Yesterday, seven people – including four children – were killed when a missile struck a rural hospital in northwest Yemen. Both the Senate and House have voted to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen, but the Trump Administration has doubled down in support of this disastrous Saudi-backed war. As we mark the four year anniversary, I hope President Trump will think about the thousands of civilians who have died and millions more living in famine and sign our legislation to end American military support for this war."

Kaine is the leading voice in the Senate on the need for Congress to exercise its constitutional powers and act as a check on the President when it comes to decisions of war. Kaine is a co-sponsor and strong supporter of the bipartisan resolution passed by the Senate and House to remove U.S. Armed Forces from hostilities between the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis in Yemen. He has been outspoken against the Saudi-sponsored murder of Virginia resident Jamal Khashoggi and the imprisonment of women’s rights activists, including Virginia resident Aziza Al-Youssef. Kaine 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. 

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