WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives passed a war-powers resolution directing the removal of U.S. armed forces involved in the conflict in Yemen, setting up a contentious vote in the GOP-controlled Senate and the possibility of a veto by President Trump.
The resolution states that Congress hasn’t authorized military involvement in Yemen, where the U.S. is backing a Saudi-led coalition in a conflict against Iran-allied Houthi militants. A handful of Republicans joined Democrats in passing the resolution by a 248-177 vote.
The resolution is similar to one that passed the Senate in December, but it will need to go before the Senate again because that earlier measure expired when the new session of Congress began Jan. 3.
The U.S. role in Yemen has come into sharper focus on Capitol Hill since Saudi operatives killed the journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October. The Central Intelligence Agency has “medium-to-high confidence” that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman personally targeted Khashoggi, authorized the operation against him and probably ordered his death, according to a highly classified CIA assessment reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
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