Where Do Our Senators Stand on War in Yemen?
This article was originally published in the Kansas City Star. You can read the full article here.
By David Pack
There was a time when Congress would debate and vote on whether or not the United States goes to war. Now, however — thanks to the barely-restrained war authorizations passed in 2001 and 2002, and a lack of political will in Congress to repeal those authorizations — the United States is experiencing endless war. Even the meek limitations on war making put forward in the 2001 and 2002 authorizations are being trampled on by the executive branch under both Democratic and Republican presidents.
Last week, Sens. Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, and Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, introduced the bipartisan Senate Joint Resolution 54 invoking the War Powers Act, aiming to force a vote on the Senate floor on whether or not to end unauthorized U.S. military involvement in Yemen’s civil war.
David J. Pack is a member of the boards of Peace Action and PeaceWorks Kansas City.