US House passes bill blocking military aid to Yemen

The US House of Representatives has passed legislation on Wednesday that would require United States President Donald Trump to withdraw the country’s military aid from the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. The bill which got 248 votes in favour in the House against 177 votes, will go for consideration to the US Senate.

According to the NewYork news reports, source quoted Democratic-Republican Ro Khanna as saying, “Today is historic. This is the culmination of several years of legislative efforts to end our involvement in the Saudi war in Yemen.”

He added saying that “I am encouraged by the direction people are pushing our party to take on foreign policy, promoting restraint and human rights and with the sense they want Congress to play a much larger role.”

If the passed legislation gets red-flagged from the US Senate then it will head to the US president where it is expected that Trump would likely to issue its first veto of his presidency.

Last year, a similar measure has been passed in the US Senate which has got 56 votes in favour and about 41 vetoes in December. However, the bill was not cleared that time when the then-Republican House leadership barred it from advancing it further.

Washington has long-blamed Saudi Arabia and its crown prince Mohammed bin Salman for orchestrating the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi that took place in Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 last year.


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