Push to end U.S. support for Saudi war hits Senate setback
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A House-passed resolution that would withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen is running into a procedural roadblock in the Senate. 

The roadblock may delay the legislation, which is seen as a bipartisan rebuke of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment MORE.

The Senate parliamentarian has ruled that the House resolution is not "privileged" in the Senate — a status that was expected to allow supporters to force a vote and pass it with only a simple majority despite steep objections from GOP leadership. 

A spokesman for Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeOvernight Defense: Latest on House defense bill markup | Air Force One, low-yield nukes spark debate | House Dems introduce resolutions blocking Saudi arms sales | Trump to send 1,000 troops to Poland Overnight Defense: Latest on House defense bill markup | Air Force One, low-yield nukes spark debate | House Dems introduce resolutions blocking Saudi arms sales | Trump to send 1,000 troops to Poland Senators clinch votes to rebuke Trump on Saudi arms sale MORE (R-Utah), who supports the resolution, said they hadn't talked directly to the parliamentarian but the issue had been "communicated" to them. The Washington Examiner first reported the temporary setback. 

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Supporters have brought up the resolution under the War Powers Act, which gives it a privileged status that allows it to be fast-tracked through Congress and avoid the 60-vote legislative filibuster in the Senate. 
 
A similar resolution passed the Senate late last year in a 56-41 vote. In addition to ending U.S. support for the Saudi military campaign in Yemen, the House-passed resolution, which cleared that chamber less than two weeks ago, also includes language stating that it is in the national security interest of the U.S. to combat anti-Semitism. 
 
The parliamentarian's decision won't ultimately derail a confrontation between Congress and Trump on Saudi Arabia, where tensions are still running high in the wake of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi's slaying late last year. 
 
Though the administration has stood by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, lawmakers largely believe he is responsible for the death of Khashoggi, who was a critic of the Saudi government. 
 
A spokesman for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersConfused by polls? Watch early primary states — not national numbers Confused by polls? Watch early primary states — not national numbers Biden leads in early voting states, followed by Warren, Sanders: poll MORE (I-Vt.), who supports the Yemen resolution, said the senator would be reintroducing the Senate's resolution from late last year, which required the administration to withdraw any troops in or impacting Yemen within 30 days unless they are fighting al Qaeda. 
 
"We will reintroduce the clean version that we passed in the Senate last year and send it back to the House for a vote," Josh Miller-Lewis, Sanders's spokesman, told The Hill on Monday evening.
 
That resolution was viewed as privileged in the Senate and is expected to be able to pass again with only a simple majority instead of 60 votes. 
 
Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott Murphy It's time to let Medicare to negotiate drug prices Senators clinch votes to rebuke Trump on Saudi arms sale Senators clinch votes to rebuke Trump on Saudi arms sale MORE (D-Conn.), who along with Sanders and Lee co-sponsored the Senate resolution, said separately that supporters are aiming for the Senate's vote to take place next week, while acknowledging it could slide beyond that. 
 
If the resolution passes the Senate it would need to bounce to the House, which would have to hold a second vote on ending support for the Saudi military campaign because of the differences in the legislative language. 
 
The U.S.-Saudi relationship has been a point of contention between lawmakers and Trump, with the administration threatening to veto the Yemen resolution if it makes it to the president's desk.