The new Democratic-led House advanced the measure as its first major vote on foreign policy, prioritizing it even as the administration resists congressional involvement in the conflict. Last year, with Republicans in the majority, the House refused to take up the measure in order to keep the president’s hands from being tied on a key foreign policy area.
Because a similar measure has passed the Senate before and is likely to pass again, it could be the first bill of his presidency that Trump would be forced to veto.
The resolution, authored by Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., has strong support from both sides of the aisle. It would invoke the War Powers Resolution, inserting congressional oversight into the overseas conflict in Yemen, effectively ending U.S. involvement and military assistance to the Saudi-backed civil war there between the Yemen government and the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.