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Sen. Murphy Moves To End War In Yemen

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A doctor measures the arm of a malnourished girl at the Aslam Health Center, Hajjah, Yemen. An estimated 85,000 children under 5 may have died of hunger and disease since the outbreak of Yemen’s civil war in 2015.";

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut is celebrating that his joint resolution to end the war in Yemen moved forward in the Senate this week.

Murphy says 85,000 children under the age of 5 have died of starvation and disease since the war in Yemen began.

“Ten thousand other civilians have been killed by these bombs that are dropping from the sky with U.S. support. You know if the United States wants to be involved in this war, Congress should declare war, and in the absence of a declaration of war then the president doesn’t have the ability to participate in this conflict on the other side of the world. We have a lot of Republican co-sponsors of this legislation because they’re increasingly uncomfortable with the humanitarian catastrophe that’s being caused in part by the United States.”   

Murphy was speaking on the phone from Washington with WSHU’s daily talk show, The Full Story, on Wednesday.

Later that same day, the Senate voted 63-37 to advance a motion to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen.

Many lawmakers are angry that President Donald Trump has refused to punish Saudi Arabia for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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