US: House Speaker blocks Yemen resolution

            By Umar Farooq</p>  <p>WASHINGTON (AA) – U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan moved Wednesday to block a resolution on ending U.S. support for the war in Yemen from reaching the House of Representatives for a vote. </p>  <p>Ryan inserted a provision into a must-pass farm bill that essentially blocks a vote on any legislation dealing with War Powers resolutions for the remainder of the current Congress’ term, which ends on Jan. 3.</p>  <p>The House Speaker created a hurdle for senators who are trying to advance the resolution on Yemen, which would have to pass in the House after the Senate.</p>  <p>&quot;Despicable. @SpeakerRyan is shirking responsibility for debating our involvement in the Yemen war by hiding the war resolution in a procedural vote on the farm bill. SAD!&quot; Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky said on Twitter.</p>  <p>The resolution, which was set to be voted on in the Senate later Wednesday, seeks to end U.S. support for Saudi Arabia's ongoing war in Yemen, which has created a humanitarian disaster in the country.</p>  <p>If it passes in the Senate, the provision Ryan introduced would block it from reaching the House floor for a vote.</p>  <p>Yemen has been wracked by violence since 2014, when Houthi rebels overran much of the country, and the crisis escalated in 2015 when a Saudi-led coalition launched a devastating air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi gains.</p>  <p>Tens of thousands of people, including civilians, are believed to have been killed and the UN estimates around 14 million Yemenis are at risk of famine.</p>  <p>In the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urged other senators to block the resolution, saying it goes too far in invoking the Wars Powers Resolution, advising them not to &quot;pick a fight&quot; with the executive branch.