WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Senate failed to override President Trump’s veto of a resolution that had demanded an end to military support for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition conducting war operations in Yemen, a report from Reuters said.
The Thursday vote, considered a victory for the White House’s policy of supporting the highly controversial kingdom known for its human rights abuses, was 53 to 45, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed to override Trump’s veto.
The veto was the second of Trump’s presidency, with both occurring this year.
The passage of the resolution earlier this year marked the first time both the Senate and House supported the provision of the War Powers Act limiting the president’s ability to send troops into action without congressional authorization, the report said.
The war in Yemen has killed tens of thousands of people and created what the United Nations calls the world’s most dire humanitarian crisis, with the country’s residents on the brink of famine.
U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-Michigan) voted to override the veto, saying in a press release that enough is enough and that the Saudi-led coalition has exacerbated the humanitarian crisis, removing countless families from their homes and driven millions into starvation.
“If you go to Michigan you can meet with some of the many Yemeni Americans who just want the same thing that everybody else does – help for those who are suffering and meaningful steps towards peace,” he said in a press release. “And let me be clear – bombs will not resolve this conflict.”
Peters, the ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said he believes Trump’s actions to supersede the power of Congress are sustaining the crisis.
“We made it unmistakably clear that our involvement in Yemen is not authorized by Congress, but the president has chosen to sidestep a bipartisan majority by not signing the bill into law,” he said.
“In doing so, he is sustaining the crisis…The American people are not asking the president for this. Taxpayers certainly don’t want to pay for it. I serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee and I can assure you that supporting Saudi Arabia’s operations in Yemen is nowhere to be found in our national defense strategy.”