House lawmakers approved a measure to block all U.S. forces and equipment from involvement in the ongoing civil war in Yemen, in an effort to stop American forces from assisting Saudi Arabia in the hostilities there.
The 248-177 vote could soon spur the first veto of President Donald Trump’s administration, since White House officials have already criticized the resolution as an attack on the executive branch’s war powers. Eighteen House Republicans backed the plan, along with nearly all of the chamber’s Democrats. Senate lawmakers still need to weigh in on the measure before it heads to Trump’s desk
Military commands in recent years have provided aircraft refueling services as well as other logistical support in the Yemen conflict — but no troops on the ground. White House officials have argued the work is intended to strengthen ties with a foreign ally to prevent the spread of violent extremism in the region.