Inhofe Again Opposes Yemen War Powers Resolution

Senate Fails to Override Trump’s Veto of Unnecessary, Dangerous Measure

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement regarding the Senate vote to override President Trump's veto of S.J. Res. 7, the Yemen war powers resolution:

“I am relieved to see the Senate has upheld President Trump’s veto of this fundamentally misguided and ultimately dangerous resolution. The President was correct in his message to the Senate: there are no U.S. troops engaged in unauthorized hostilities in Yemen. We should not have wasted additional floor time having this unnecessary debate.

“I am disappointed to see that my Democrat colleagues are again willing to jeopardize the safety of Americans living and operating in the region. The limited support we do provide—namely, assisting our partners to counter the Iranian-backed Houthis’ ballistic missile attacks—is consistent with existing authorities and, more importantly, saves lives. Furthermore, the implementation of this resolution would have undermined Israel’s security and emboldened Iran’s appetite for aggression. It is in America’s best interest that our security cooperation in Yemen continue, and I applaud President Trump for recognizing that and vetoing this resolution to prevent the dangerous consequences that the Democrats are apparently unconcerned about.”

President Donald Trump vetoed S.J. Res. 7, introduced by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), on April 16.

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