The Senate on Thursday fell short of the votes needed to override President Trump’s veto of legislation demanding an end of U.S. support for the Saudi-led military coalition operating in Yemen.
The resolution passed in the House and Senate would have ended all U.S. involvement with the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in the war in Yemen. It marked the first time both the Senate and House supported the provision of the War Powers Act limiting the president’s ability to send troops into action without congressional authorization, Reuters reports.
Trump’s veto, the second of his presidency, was not overridden with a two-thirds majority in the Senate yesterday. The vote was 53 to 45.
“This resolution is an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and brave service members, both today and in the future,” Trump said in a memo to the Senate signaling his veto.
In fact, war declaration powers are given to Congress, not the president.
Critics of the resolution noted that the vote ignored the malign influence that Iran is having in the war-torn Country.