Chairman Deutch Statement on Yemen War Powers Resolution Sent to President's Desk
Just now, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Senate-passed resolution (S.J.Res. 7) directing the President to withdraw all United States Armed Forces from the conflict in Yemen unless authorized by Congress. This follows House passage of the companion legislation (H.J.Res. 37) on February 13, 2019.
House passage of S.J.Res. 7 sends the resolution to President Trump's desk. Following passage of S.J.Res. 7, Chairman Deutch issued this statement:
"The United States plays an essential role in the security and stability of the Middle East, including by supporting our regional allies and partners against malign actors and terrorist groups. However, the United States Congress cannot sit idly by as the conflict devolves into a horrific humanitarian disaster, leaving millions of civilians on the brink of starvation and in need of even the most basic supplies. As I've said, we cannot allow our nation's resources to contribute to or be complicit in the suffering of innocent civilians.
"This resolution represents bipartisan, bicameral consensus that it is our Constitutional duty, as a co-equal branch of government, to intervene when we disapprove of the Administration's foreign policy, particularly when military action is pursued without Congressional consent. It is our duty as the representatives of the American people to rein in the Executive Branch when its actions harm our national interests and betray our American values.
"I urge the President to accept this bipartisan message from Congress and work with us on a more comprehensive Middle East strategy that addresses the security needs of the United States and our regional partners while still respecting our values."
Click here to read Chairman Deutch's statement following passage of H.J.Res. 37 on February 13, 2019.