Pocan Statement on House Vote to End Unauthorized Participation in the Saudi War in Yemen
WASHINGTON, DC (April 4, 2019) – U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today released the following statement regarding the U.S. House of Representatives voting to invoke the War Powers Resolution and end authorized U.S. participation in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
“For the first time in American history, both the House of Representatives and the Senate have voted on – and passed – a measure to invoke the War Powers Resolution to end unauthorized U.S. participation in a foreign conflict. More than 85,000 children under the age of 5 have died of starvation since U.S. participation in the war began in 2015, and the war has left more than 20 million Yemenis in need of humanitarian assistance.
“The U.S. has been deeply involved in the conflict, by providing weapons, logistical support, Special Forces, targeting assistance, midair refueling, and other participation to Saudi Arabia and its bombing campaign. The U.S. has also supported the Saudis as they impose a blockade on Yemen, preventing food and medicine from entering the country. Our continued participation in the Saudi-led coalition’s war is unconscionable.”