REP. LIEU STATEMENT ON INCLUSION OF YEMEN PROVISIONS IN THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 into law. Congressman Lieu authored two provisions that will bring critical congressional oversight to the conflict in Yemen for the first time. Sec. 1265 requires the Departments of Defense and State to report to Congress on whether the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners are abiding by their commitments in Yemen. Sec. 1275 requires the President to submit a detailed report that contains a military and diplomatic strategy for Yemen.
“This is a consequential triumph for human rights and military accountability. Congressional oversight on Yemen is long overdue and will bring much-needed oversight to the Saudi-led coalition operating in Yemen with U.S.-bought weapons. I wrote these provisions in order to ensure that Congress can finally conduct proper oversight of the Trump Administration and our partners’ military and diplomatic strategy for Yemen. My hope is that, through these provisions, we can develop a plan to end this conflict that has led to one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.”