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STATEMENT: KHANNA ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S VETO OF YEMEN RESOLUTION

April 17, 2019
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Washington, DC – Rep. Ro Khanna issued the following statement after President Trump vetoed the Yemen War Powers Resolution passed by both the House and the Senate with bipartisan support.

“From a president elected on the promise of putting a stop to our endless wars, this veto is a painful missed opportunity. The Yemen War Powers Resolution was a bipartisan, bicameral effort to end the world’s largest humanitarian crisis and supported by some of the president’s most trusted Republican allies.

This resolution nonetheless was a major win. It sends a clear signal to the Saudis that they need to lift their blockade and allow humanitarian assistance into Yemen if they care about their relationship with Congress. They need to listen to special envoy Martin Griffiths and work to bring peace. This bipartisan and bicameral success will also caution this and future administrations from going to war without first seeking authorization from Congress.

We have the leverage over the Saudis: they need us more than we need them. It’s time to use that leverage to end this war and save the lives of 14 million people. I call on the Trump Administration to do all in its power to support UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths’ peace talks and put pressure on the Saudi-led coalition to peacefully end the war.

I will not give up this fight. Through this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, the Defense Appropriations bill, and other forms of legislation, I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress, stakeholders, and the peace groups to cut off all U.S. participation in this war.”


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Congressman Khanna represents the 17th District of California, which covers communities in Silicon Valley. Visit his website at khanna.house.gov. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @RepRoKhanna.