November 28, 2018

Following Administration Briefing, Young Announces Support for Senate Joint Resolution on Yemen

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor today regarding the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia following a briefing with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis. In his speech, Senator Young announced that he will be voting to advance Senate Joint Resolution 54 (S.J.Res.54). This joint resolution would direct the removal of U.S. armed forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress.

“I have studied the situation in Yemen as closely as anyone in the Senate, and I believe the best way to oppose Iran in Yemen and stop ballistic missile attacks on our partners is to bring all parties to the negotiating table, end the civil war, and address the humanitarian crisis. Since March of 2017, I have worked to give the administration leverage with the Saudis to accomplish these outcomes. We must use all of that leverage immediately. Unfortunately, the administration has failed to fully utilize the leverage I have provided, and today’s briefing raised more questions than it answered. Based on that history and those facts — as well as our national security interests and our humanitarian principles – I plan to support the Sanders/Lee resolution (SJRES 54) today,” said Senator Young.

As USA Today recently reported, Senator Young has led efforts in the Senate related to Yemen since March 2017.  

Click here or the image below to view Senator Young’s full floor speech.