- H.J.Res. 37 – Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress (Rep. Khanna – Foreign Affairs)
Talking Points from the House Foreign Affairs Committee:
H. J. Res. 37 directs the President to remove U.S. Armed Forces from hostilities in or affecting Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress, except those engaged in operation directed at al-Qaeda or its associated forces.
It directs the President to remove forces within 30 days, unless Congress authorizes a later withdrawal date or specifically authorizes the use of the Armed Forces. For purposes of this resolution, the term ″hostilities″ includes inflight refueling of non-U.S. aircraft conducting missions as part of the civil war in Yemen.
The resolution is clear that these limitations would only apply to the civil war in Yemen. They would not undermine security cooperation with any other country or in any other context.
This is an important and necessary measure, as the Administration has shown it will do nothing to demand accountability of the Saudi-led coalition even as the Yemeni civil war has cost the lives of more than 10,000, displaced millions, and sparked a cholera outbreak infecting over a million Yemenis.
The Rule provides for one hour of debate and makes in order the following amendments:
McGovern Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Clarifies that the joint resolution directs the removal of armed forces from hostilities specifically against Houthi forces. Adds a rule of construction that the joint resolution would not limit, expand, or otherwise modify the 2001 Authorization of the Use of Military Force (AUMF). Adds a rule of construction that the joint resolution would not authorize the use of military force.
Buck Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Adds a rule of construction that the joint resolution would not restrict the collection, analysis, or sharing of intelligence with any foreign country as the President deems appropriate.
Postponed Suspension Vote (1 Vote):
- H.R. 995 – Settlement Agreement Information Database Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Palmer – Oversight and Reform)
This bill would amend title 5 to require the publication of certain information regarding settlement agreements, including the date and amount of the agreement, the violations that form the basis for the agreement, and a copy of the agreement.
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