April 17, 2018

VIDEO: Young Continues Leadership on U.S. Policy in Yemen

Testimony of Administration Officials Aligns with Young Legislation’s Certification Requirements

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind) continued his leadership in the Senate on U.S. policy in Yemen.  

Today’s hearing follows Senator Young’s introduction of bipartisan S.J.Res.58 last week with Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) to address the civil war and the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. During the hearing, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, David Satterfield, along with Robert Jenkins, Deputy Assistant Administrator (DAS) for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), expressed explicit support for policy objectives and Saudi actions in Yemen that directly reflect the certification requirements within Senator Young’s legislation S.J.Res.58.

In response to Senator Young, DAS Jenkins also testified that an attack on the port of Hodeidah would cause “catastrophic” humanitarian consequences.

Senator Young also renewed an argument he made at a March 14 subcommittee hearing he convened that fighting food insecurity not only reflects our values but also promotes our national security. 

Since March 2017, Senator Young has used letters to the administration and the Saudi governmentan administration nominationmultiple statementshearingsa Senate resolution,legislation, and countless meetings, briefings and phone calls with senior administration officials, Saudi officials, and leaders of the NGO community to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.  

Click here to watch Senator Young’s first round of questions and here for Senator Young’s second round of questions.