In February 2021, President Biden promised to end U.S. support for the “offensive operations” in Yemen. Despite this promise, the United States continues to provide critical forms of military aid, including maintenance and spare parts to the Saudi-led coalition and is directly contributing to the ongoing suffering of the Yemeni people. Congress must hold the Biden Administration accountable and demand an immediate end to U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Congress has never authorized U.S. military involvement in Yemen. On June 1, 2022, with the Saudi-led war in Yemen in its eighth year, Reps. Pramila Jayapal (WA), Peter DeFazio (OR), Adam Schiff (CA), and Nancy Mace (SC), introduced a new bi-partisan Yemen War Powers Resolution, HJRes 87, which already has 41 total cosponsors. Due to the special nature of a War Powers Resolution, this legislation will get a vote within 15 legislative days of its introduction.
Right now, over 21 million people in Yemen are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. Instead of continuing to support the Saudi-led coalition, the Biden Administration must advance policies that will help bring stability and meet the humanitarian needs of the Yemeni people. It is Congress’ responsibility to hold the Biden Administration and Saudi Arabia accountable by passing the Yemen War Powers Resolution.