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STATEMENT: Rep. Khanna’s response to Sec. Pompeo’s support for ending the conflict in Yemen

October 31, 2018
Press Release

Santa Clara – In light of Secretary Pompeo’s recent statement, Rep. Ro Khanna, sponsor of H. Con. Res. 138, which seeks to stop U.S. military participation in Saudi Arabia's war against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, issued the below response:

“It’s about time. After more than three years of war, thousands dead, millions on the brink of starvation, and growing pressure from Congress, the Trump Administration is finally calling for an end to the Saudi-led war in Yemen. We have tremendous leverage over the Saudi-led coalition and should demand this Administration do all in their power to bring both sides to the peace table and end the war. However, just a call for cessation of hostilities does not go far enough. We must end our material support and participation with the Saudi-coalition today. This is the step that will bring the Saudis and Emiratis to the negotiating table. Congress has the power to do this and must vote on H. Con. Res. 81 and S. J. Res. 54 to end our participation in the war. I’m also encouraged that the Charles Koch Institute voiced support for our efforts in Congress to end the war, this will lead to increased bipartisan support. I believe a clean debate and a straight up and down vote on both war power resolutions must be the first action when Congress is back in legislative session the week of November 13th.”

H. Con. Res. 138 currently has 69 bipartisan cosponsors, including Whip Hoyer, HASC, HFAC, and Rules ranking members. Senator Sanders has a companion resolution in the Senate, S.J. Res. 54.

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