UPDATED 8:55 AM PT – Wednesday, February 13, 2019
House lawmakers are set to vote on a on a proposed bill to end U.S. involvement in the proxy war in Yemen. The motion is spearheaded by Democrat Congressman Ro Hhanna of California.
President Trump is expected to veto the bill if it passes after White House officials have claimed the U.S. does not have military presence in Yemen and the matter is not a subject to congressional vote.
However, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have said involvement in the war doesn’t serve U.S. interests in the Middle East.
“With regards to Yemen, frankly, our leverage to date hasn’t worked, what have we gotten for our leverage?” asked Rep. Seth Moulton, (D) Massachusetts. “We need to be stricter, and by clamping down on the war I think we’ll have more leverage there.”
Administration officials are pushing for the U.S. to continue supporting the Saudi-led coalition in order to contain the spread of Iranian influence in Yemen.