The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a resolution that would end U.S. support for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in the war in Yemen, as many lawmakers sought to push President Donald Trump to toughen his policy toward the kingdom.
Thirteen Republicans joined 235 Democrats in the House late on Wednesday in voting a bill under the War Powers Act that effectively puts an end to U.S. military role in Yemen.
The Senate is expected to vote on the resolution within 30 days.
President Trump is expected to veto the bill if it passes after White House officials have claimed the USA does not have military presence in Yemen and the matter is not a subject to congressional vote. A parallel resolution was passed by the Senate late a year ago in a 56-to-41 vote.
Since 2015, the administration says, the USA has provided support to the coalition, including intelligence and, until recently, aerial refueling, but it has not had forces involved in "hostilities". If he did veto the Yemen resolution, it's unclear whether lawmakers would have enough support to override him. The US President threatened to veto such bill, also a first in Trump's presidency. It also said the measure would harm relationships in the region and hurt the USA ability to prevent the spread of violent extremism.
Administration officials are pushing for the U.S.to continue supporting the Saudi-led coalition in order to contain the spread of Iranian influence in Yemen.
UN Envoy Martin Griffiths has been engaged in shuttle diplomacy between Sanaa, Riyadh and Muscat, trying to salvage the Stockholm agreement in December and calling for a ceasefire in Hodeidah.