Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Shutdown Day 25 | Dems reject White House invite for talks | Leaders nix recess with no deal | McConnell blocks second House Dem funding bill | IRS workers called back for tax-filing season | Senate bucks Trump on Russia sanctions Mellman: Why does the GOP persist? Leaders nix recess with no shutdown deal in sight MORE (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that the Senate should reject an effort to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen and instead back a resolution to name Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman "responsible" for journalist Jamal Khashoggi's slaying.

McConnell, speaking from the Senate floor, said members have "legitimate concerns" about Yemen and share "grave concerns" about Khashoggi's death.

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"[But] we also want to preserve the 70-year partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia and we want to ensure it continues to serve American interests and stabilizes a dangerous and critical region," McConnell said.

He added that the "challenging circumstances" require "prudence and precision."

"The Sanders-Lee resolution is neither precise enough or prudent enough," McConnell said, referring to the measure, authored by Sens. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBrown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Gillibrand announces exploratory committee to run for president on Colbert Dem chairman Cummings meets with Trump health chief to discuss drug prices MORE (I-Vt.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeHillicon Valley: Trump AG pick signals new scrutiny on tech giants | Wireless providers in new privacy storm | SEC brings charges in agency hack | Facebook to invest 0M in local news AG pick Barr wants closer scrutiny of Silicon Valley 'behemoths' Grassroots political participation is under attack in Utah and GOP is fighting back MORE (R-Utah).

The Senate is expected to hold a vote on Wednesday afternoon to take up the resolution, which would require Trump to withdraw any troops in or "affecting" Yemen within 30 days. The Senate voted 63-37 late last month to move the issue from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to the full Senate, despite most Republicans opposing the measure.

Because the resolution is being brought up under the War Powers Act, it only needs a simple majority to pass the Senate, which both supporters and opponents expect it will have.

But McConnell argued that senators should instead support a forthcoming resolution from Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerThe Memo: Romney moves stir worries in Trump World Senate GOP names first female members to Judiciary panel Former US special envoy to anti-ISIS coalition joins Stanford University as lecturer MORE (R-Tenn.). Corker told reporters that his resolution "holds [the crown prince] responsible for the killing."

"There's a better option at hand. Legislation introduced by Chairman Corker does a good job capturing bipartisan concerns about the war in Yemen and the behavior of Saudi partners more broadly without triggering an extended debate over war powers while we hasten to finish all our other work," McConnell said.

"It's a superior road to the outcome that most senators want. So I urge every member to vote against considering the Sanders-Lee resolution later today and join me in supporting Chairman Corker's responsible alternative," he continued.