WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) released the following statement today after the Senate passed S.J.R. 54, a resolution leveraging their War Powers authority to end U.S. involvement in Yemen.
“Today was a victory for the Constitution and the separation of powers,” Sen. Lee said. “With this vote, we are one step closer to reviving our constitutional framework - where the power to declare war lies with Congress, not the executive branch - and we have taken a step towards removing ourselves from the spread of human suffering in Yemen.”
The resolution, cosponsored by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) was originally tabled in March of this year. However, following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Senate resurrected the bill and brought it to the floor. Sen. Lee has spoken out numerous times on the importance of this resolution, including last evening on the Senate floor.