1. U.S. withdrawal from Yemen war: Voted, 63-37, to discharge from the Committee on Foreign Relations a measure (SJ Res 54) that would end U.S. military support of a Saudi-led coalition conducting war against Iranbacked Houthi forces in Yemen. That support, which until recently included U.S. aerial refueling of Saudi warplanes, began about 2015 but has never received congressional authorization or substantive debate in the Senate or House. The policy could receive a full airing when this measure reaches the Senate floor this month.
Mike Lee, R-Utah, said: “U.S. intervention in Yemen is unauthorized, unconstitutional and immoral. We must not — we cannot — delay voting to end our involvement and our support of Saudi Arabia any further. If we do, we have ourselves to blame for our country’s lost credibility on the world stage, and, more importantly, our own consciences will bear the blame for the thousands of lives that will surely continue to be lost.”
No senator spoke in defense of the military involvement.
A yes vote was to advance a Yemen-withdrawal measure to the Senate floor.
2. Thomas Farr judicial nomination: Voted to advance the nomination of Thomas Farr, an attorney in private practice, to become a federal judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The tally was 51-50, with Vice President Mike
Pence casting the deciding vote. But Tim Scott, RS.C., said later that he would ultimately vote against Farr, effectively sinking the nomination. Farr drew mainly Democratic opposition because of his legal work defending Republican-sponsored voting restrictions and gerrymanders in North Carolina that courts found to be discriminatory toward African-Americans.
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called Farr’s nomination “an absolute disgrace” because he “has been chief cook and bottle washer with North Carolina’s invidious and despicable efforts to prevent people, particularly minorities, from voting.”
No senator spoke in support of Farr.
The nomination that was later shelved by the GOP leadership. global warming, which the GOP-led Congress has declined to address with legislation.
Nearly 5 million residential and commercial properties located in flood plains in 22,000 communities are covered by national flood insurance.
Roger Williams, RTexas, said: “Enough is enough. We can’t continue to pass our problems along to those in the future. The time to fix this problem is now.”
A yes vote was to send the bill (HR 7187) to the Senate, where it was passed and forwarded to President Donald Trump for his signature.