Sanders to force vote this week on US support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen

Sanders to force vote this week on US support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersVolatile presidential polls spark new round of anxieties GOP memo deflects some gun questions to 'violence from the left' British Bookmaker: Warren has replaced Biden as Democratic primary favorite MORE (I-Vt.) is planning to force a vote this week on ending U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in Yemen.

Sanders, in an email to supporters, said “this week I will go to the floor of the United States Senate” to force a vote on his resolution.

“Despite Trump's venal support for the Saudi regime, I am confident that we now stand an excellent chance to win this vote which I plan on bringing back to the Senate floor this week,” Sanders added in the email. 

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A spokesman confirmed that Sanders will vote this week and is in talks with leadership to lock down a Wednesday or Thursday vote.

The vote on the resolution comes as Congress is searching for ways to respond to the killing of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi.

The vote will also offer lawmakers their first chance to test a formal rebuke of the administration, after the president said last week that the slaying wouldn’t impact the U.S.-Saudi relationship.

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynThe Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy O'Rourke says he will not 'in any scenario' run for Senate MORE (R-Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican, said Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOnly Donald Trump has a policy for Afghanistan New Pentagon report blames Trump troop withdrawal for ISIS surge in Iraq and Syria Mattis returns to board of General Dynamics MORE and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump meets with national security team on Afghanistan peace plan Japan's Hormuz dilemma The Hill's Morning Report — Recession fears climb and markets dive — now what? MORE are expected to brief the full Senate on the U.S.-Saudi relationship on Wednesday. 

The briefing could give the administration a last-ditch chance to quell growing frustration with Saudi Arabia and undercut Sanders's resolution.

The Senate narrowly rejected a similar resolution in March, in a win for the administration which lobbied hard against the resolution at the time.

The resolution would require Trump to withdraw any troops in "or affecting" Yemen within 30 days unless they are fighting al Qaeda.