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    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator and Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Rand Paul (R-KY) released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted 63-37 to discharge S.J. Res. 54, which would end U.S. support for the war in Yemen, from the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and bring it to the Senate floor for debate:

    I applaud the Senate for taking action today to ensure a long-overdue debate on the Senate floor over ending the United States’ unauthorized support for the devastating war in Yemen. With thousands upon thousands of innocent lives lost in Yemen, and millions living on the edge of famine, we must send a clear message that this is not what America stands for, and I welcome a robust debate on ending our involvement in the war, stopping arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and restoring Congress’ voice in foreign policy.

    Previously, Dr. Paul has led multiple bipartisan efforts to stand against U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen by blocking arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Earlier this month, he forced a procedural vote on his resolution that would have blocked the sale of an estimated $300 million in high-explosive rocket artillery and associated training and support to Bahrain, a member of the Saudi-led coalition waging the war in Yemen.
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    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Breitbart News it was an “extraordinary moment” when the U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a resolution to invoke the War Powers act expressing congressional disapproval of U.S. backing of Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen.

    The resolution passed 56-41 on final passage, over the objections of many establishment Republicans, but with strong support from conservatives like Paul and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), as well as from grassroots leftists like Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who caucuses with Democrats.
    “I think it is an extraordinary moment because for decades, maybe for 50 or 60 years, Congress has been relinquishing and abdicating their power to indicate whether the country is at war,” Paul told Breitbart News. “So this is a big step and it is a big majority voting to say you know what? Declaration of war comes from Congress and we don’t approve of the war in Yemen now. So that is a big step and it really came across the aisle, both sides coming together. It’s a pretty big deal…. The historic nature of this being the first time since Vietnam is huge.”

    From here forward, Paul said that while House GOP leadership has used rules potentially unlawfully to block consideration of a House resolution the new incoming Democrat leadership on the House side may be friendlier to this cause in January.
    “I think the House leadership will block this from coming to a vote–it’s a privileged motion in the House, but the House set up a rule to block the privilege–we’re not so sure it’s even legal what they’re doing but they have blocked the rule for now,” Paul said. “The House turns over to Democrat control in January. We’ll see. There may be a friendlier leadership in January toward this. A lot of it is going to depend on what the Saudis do. If the Saudis could cease fire and try to find peace in Yemen, which would be different than what they’ve been doing, there would probably be less of a push around here to force them to the negotiating table. We’ll see what happens. Some of this depends on Saudi behavior and what unfolds in Yemen. Some of this depends on whether they continue to say their government is staying exactly the same and people responsible for Kashoggi are going to continue to run the Saudi government. That’s going to mean there’s going to continue to be problems.”
    Paul believes pulling out of Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen–U.S. involvement started during Barack Obama’s administration, without approval from Congress–fits with President Donald Trump’s “America First” foreign policy vision, even though the president was against this particular resolution.
    “Still when I talk to the president, I hear him saying he doesn’t want to spend good money after bad in the Middle East, in Afghanistan, but I think it’s a conflicting policy in the sense that some of the people who surround him encourage him by saying ‘oh we have to stay or Iran takes over the Middle East,'” Paul said. “I think that’s a far-fetched argument. I think that Iran is largely checkmated by Israel and Saudi Arabia, so I think most of them can defend themselves and don’t require that we be involved in every battle in the Middle East. And, so I do think that it is America First–we have a trillion dollar deficit this year, and there are still things at home that President Trump has talked about, infrastructure and other things that we just don’t have the money for but we would if we weren’t spending $50 billion a year in Afghanistan.”

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