Republicans in the US House of Representatives have apparently managed to successfully thwart a bipartisan attempt to cut off all US assistance to Saudi Arabia for the war in Yemen, using a legislative measure on wildlife to achieve their goal.
According to The Intercept, the Republicans carried out the deed by inserting "language that would block a floor vote on whether to direct President Donald Trump to end US involvement in the Saudi- and UAE-led intervention in Yemen" into the Manage Our Wolves Act – a separate bill which will remove grey wolves from the endangered species list.
"It’s unfortunate that the Republicans broke precedent and blocked our resolution to end US involvement in the war in Yemen. They are abdicating congressional oversight duties on their way out of power," Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna, principal author of the anti-war resolution, tweeted.
While today’s vote did not go our way, we will not stop fighting to end U.S. involvement in the worst humanitarian crisis in modern history. We must end U.S. complicity in Yemen’s humanitarian disaster.— Rep. Ro Khanna (@RepRoKhanna) 14 ноября 2018 г.
Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) also said, as quoted by Vox, that "it’s outrageous and unprecedented that House Republicans are shutting down debate about America’s involvement in the war in Yemen", adding that "it’s wrong for Republicans to stop the House from taking up these critical issues."
Yemen descended into civil war in late 2014, when the Shiite Houthi militia overthrew the government of President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi. Saudi Arabia and a coalition mostly comprised of neighboring Persian Gulf states began operations to try to restore the Hadi government in March 2015.
The Saudi-led coalition's conduct in the war, including the blockade of Houthi-controlled ports, has been condemned by the United Nations for causing a humanitarian disaster.
According to UN figures, over 14 million Yemenis are on the verge of famine, approximately half of the pre-war population. Late last year, the UK-based Save the Children organization estimated that 50,000+ Yemeni children had died from starvation in 2017 due to the war.