Kaine Statement On Senate Vote To End U.S. Support For Saudi-Backed 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 after the Senate voted 54-46 to cease U.S. support for the war in Yemen:
“Today’s vote is a powerful reminder that the Senate will not stand by silently as the Trump Administration continues to support the disastrous Saudi-backed war in Yemen. The United States shouldn’t be complicit in a conflict that has taken thousands of civilian lives and led millions to famine.”
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 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. The resolution has passed the House of Representatives and now heads to the President’s desk.