‘What People Hate About Congress’: US Politicians Shut Down Debate on Yemen War

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A month after US members of Congress from both parties claimed to be disturbed at the ruthless murder of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, Republican leadership in the House of Representatives prohibited a debate about ending US support for the Saudi coalition.

The House voted 201-87 to shut down debate Wednesday on Rep. Ro Khanna’s (D-CA) resolution on the US role in in Yemen under the War Powers Act. “In American history… never, never has the speaker of the House and the majority denied a member of Congress a vote on matters of war and peace,” Khanna said Thursday in remarks to Democracy Now.

“This is basically rendering ineffectual the War Powers Act,” Khanna said, referring to the law passed in 1973 that was intended to keep the president from committing the American military to an armed conflict without the consent of Congress.

“And what the majority is saying, [is] that if the president of the United States and the speaker believe we should be in war, we should be in war; it doesn’t matter what members of Congress think.”

“This is what people hate about Congress. What the Republicans did, they wanted to have a resolution that would allow for hunting of wolves and not have wolves be listed on the Endangered Species Act. And they knew many Republicans would want to vote for that, and so they linked a vote on my resolution to the vote on wolves so that Republicans would vote against my resolution coming to the…

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