The US House of Representatives has passed a resolution to end Washington’s support for Saudi-led forces in Yemen, a critical first step that was lauded by Democrats, who control the legislative chamber.
The legislation passed by a 248-177 vote on Wednesday afternoon, largely along partisan lines. Only 18 Republicans voted for it.
The resolution invokes the War Powers Act, in which Congress can override the president and halt US military actions in other countries. In this particular case, the legislation says that American military assistance to Saudi Arabia in Yemen must cease.
The resolution now goes to the Senate, where Chris Murphy, a Democratic senator from Connecticut, praised the measure and said he and fellow senator Bernie Sanders would press the upper chamber for a vote.