The Senate is expected to defy Trump administration on Wednesday by submitting a resolution to withdraw US support for Saudi forces in Yemen.
Resolution, led by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I -Vt.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Chris Murphy (D-Ct.), Quoting Congress's authority during the troupe resolution, and was introduced only in February. But it quickly accelerated as senators from both parties commented on the killing of Saudi Arabian j Ournalist Jamal Khashoggi and President Donald Trumps refuse to blame the Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder.
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The Senate voted 63-37 last month to proceed with the resolution, where 14 Republicans joined all 49 Democrats. Most Republicans are not expected to support the resolution in the final vote.
Later Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Said Wednesday that he would vote against a proposal to continue the resolution and urged colleagues to do the same.
"The Sanders-Lee dissolution is neither accurate nor accurate," he said. "The United States is not involved in conflict … There are more cautious ways the Senate could express its concern about the conflict in Yemen or our partnership with Saudi Arabia without taking such a blunt instrument for policy in this area."
Supporters predicted that they had the voices of winning and sending a sharp opposition to the Crown Prince, also known as the MBS, and the Trump Administration.
"If it takes 51 votes, we have it to keep it alive and vote for it." Later Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) Told reporters on Wednesday morning. "Most Senate members feel that they want to be clear in the record opposing our commitment to the war in Yemen and clearly on the record that the Crown Prince is involved in the Khashoggi assassination. I think these two facts will rule over Sen McConnell's argument."
Although the Senate sends the resolution, it does not go far.
The house is expected to pass a rule Wednesday that seems to block consideration of possible resolutions from war forces to limit the United States' commitment to Yemen. The White House also warned last month that Trump would probably veto the resolution and declare it "would harm bilateral relations in region and adversely affect the United States' ability to prevent the proliferation of violent extremist organizations. "
Following a briefing last week with CIA director Gina Haspel, several senators, including Sens. Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) and Bob Corker ( R-Tenn.) Said they undoubtedly played a crown prince, also known as MBS, a key role in Khashoggi's murder.
In addition to the Saudi resolution, other senators work with alternatives to keeping the Saudis responsible for the Khashoggi killings. 19659008] Corker, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, said Tuesday that he is working on a resolution condemning MBS f micro Khashoggi's assassination. Trump could be forced to sign the resolution on the House also address it.
"Hopefully we will get it out and circulate soon and hopefully we can get a big vote about it," he said.
He added that he is still working with the member of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Sen. Bob Menendez (DN.J.), on a bill that could be noted in the committee, which would ban arms sales to Saudi Arabia among other measures. But the invoice has stalled because of disagreement between Corker and Menendez over its terms. And Trump strongly opposes efforts to block arms trades with Saudi Arabia.
Burgess Everett contributed to this report.