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Hirono Votes for Resolution to End US Support for Saudi-Led War in Yemen

December 5, 2018, 12:28 PM HST
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US Senator Mazie Hirono voted to advance a resolution to end US involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Following the vote, Senator Hirono released a statement saying, “I remain deeply concerned about the Trump Administration’s policy toward Saudi Arabia. The President believes that we should overlook Saudi Arabia’s role in causing the world’s worst current humanitarian catastrophe, as well as their role in the death of Jamal Khashoggi, because they have ‘billions’ to buy weapons and will create ‘over a million US jobs.’ These are not only lies, but represent a truly abhorrent position for a US President to take.

President Trump has spoken in depth about his foreign policy position on Saudi Arabia and issued a statement last month on Nov. 20, 2018 explaining his stance and addressing concerns surrounding the death of Khashoggi.

In her Nov. 28 comments, Sen. Hirono said, “Congress must act.” Earlier this year she supported S.J. Res. 54, Senator Bernie Sanders’ resolution to remove US Armed Forces from hostilities in Yemen, and also voted against approving arms sales to the Saudis.

“Today I voted again to support the resolution to end our military’s involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. The President’s policy is transactional and, in this case, morally bankrupt. We should instead focus US leadership and resources on diplomacy to achieve a lasting ceasefire and peaceful resolution to the conflict. Following this procedural vote, I look forward to a vote on final passage.”



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