March 13, 2019
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement regarding the passage of the Yemen resolution introduced by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.):
“This fundamentally flawed resolution goes against our best interests. It will cause harm to our allies in the Middle East, embolden rogue regimes like Iran and put our national security at risk.
“Its premise is misguided. The United States is not engaged in ‘hostilities’ against the Houthis in Yemen, but we do provide vital security cooperation and intelligence support to the Saudi-led coalition. These operations are key to bolstering international peace efforts and improving the humanitarian situation in Yemen. Part of that support helps construct no-strike lists that keep humanitarian workers safe.
“Like my colleagues, I remain deeply concerned about the state of affairs in Yemen, as well as the reckless behavior of Saudi Arabia’s leadership, but this resolution is not how Congress should address these concerns. I am disappointed that my Democratic colleagues failed to recognize our responsibility to protect not only our allies but American citizens.”
Watch Sen. Inhofe’s floor remarks on the resolution here.