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>> As the suffering from Yemen's nearly four year old civil war drags on, a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers is renewing an effort to stop U.S. aid to Saudi Arabia in the conflict. Independent senator Bernie Sanders, Republican Senator Mike Lee and others on Wednesday introduced a Bill that would ban U.S. support for Riyadh's bombing campaign in Yemen against Houthi rebels, which is blamed for thousands of civilian deaths.
>> The United States should not be supporting a catastrophic war, led by a despotic Saudi regime.>> It's the second try to U.S. lawmakers. A similar Bill passed the Republican led senate last month. That vote was widely seen as a rebuke to President Trump, for continuing to support the Saudi royal family, after the brutal killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Trump had vowed to veto the Bill, but Republicans who were then in control of the House did not allow a vote. With Democrats now running the House, the Bill is given a much stronger chance of reaching Trump's desk. Republican Senator, Mike Lee, said the effort is about restoring the War Powers Act, which limits the President's ability to commit U.S. forces without congressional approval.
>> Let's either get out of this war in Yemen. Or, alternatively, have the President propose an authorization for the use of military force, or declaration of war.>> Opponents say the resolution would disrupt the strategic U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia. The Bill comes as the United Nations fights to maintain a cease fire in Yemen's port city Hodeidah.
The city and its supply lines are a lifeline for civilians, some 8.4 million of whom aid groups say are at risk of starvation. On Tuesday an international team came under fire while trying to clear mines that had blocked access to grain silos in the city. The warring parties, houthi rebels aligned with Iran and the Saudi backed government blame each other for the incident, threatening the fragile truce that is largely held since December.