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Kaine Statement On U.S. Senate Vote To End U.S. Support For The 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 56-41 to cease U.S. support for the war in Yemen and passed a resolution to hold Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi:

“Today the Senate showed that we won’t stand by silently as the United States supports a war that’s killed thousands of people and forced millions more to the brink of famine. We won’t enable a President who chooses to cover up for Saudi leadership instead of standing up for American values. And we won’t let Saudi Arabia get a free pass for the horrific murder of a journalist and Virginia resident.”

For months, Kaine has been calling on his colleagues to vote for the bipartisan joint resolution, which he is a co-sponsor of, to remove U.S. Armed Forces from hostilities between the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis in Yemen. The resolution was introduced by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Chris Murphy (D-CT).  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.