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House Gets Heavily Watered-Down Vote on Yemen War

• http://news.antiwar.com, by Jason Ditz

Weeks after the House Rules Committee gutted the War Powers Act challengeto the legality of US military involvement in the Saudi invasion of Yemen, the House finally got a limited debate on the conflict and a token vote on a non-binding resolution that didn't even propose an end to US involvement in the conflict.

Congress never authorized the use of military force against Yemen's Shi'ites, which means US military involvement is illegal. The House Rules Committee dodged this vote by claiming that the specific legal challenge to the War Powers Act didn't count.

After the House leadership backed this effort to kill an actual vote, they decided to allow the non-binding resolution. This offered some measure of public debate on the conflict, which is more than has happened in the previous two and a half years.

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