Chairman Deutch Statement on Yemen War Powers Resolution Passage
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution directing the President to withdraw all United States Armed Forces from the conflict in Yemen unless authorized by Congress.
Upon passage of H.J.Res. 37, Chairman Deutch issued this statement:
"Our strategic relationships in the Arabian Peninsula are important to defending our security interests in the region, especially in our shared interest in pushing back against Iran and its proxy in Yemen, the Houthis.
"However, I am deeply troubled by the protracted military campaign in Yemen that has led to a tragically high number of civilian casualties and created a devastating humanitarian situation leaving tens of millions of people at risk of starvation and disease. There is no military solution to the conflict in Yemen, and we cannot allow American resources to contribute to or, worse, be complicit in the suffering created by this conflict.
"With this resolution, Congress is finally engaging in a thoughtful and nuanced debate on our role in foreign policy decisions and the Constitutional limits of Presidential authority to participate in military action abroad without Congressional consent. Congress has an important oversight responsibility when it comes to the use of military force, and we are appropriately reasserting ourselves in these decisions."