Tulsi Gabbard’s Resolution Calls for an End to US Airstrikes in Syria

Tulsi Gabbard campaigns with Republican Yesli Vega in Virginia Beach, VA in September 2019. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

In April, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, introduced the “United to Stop the War on Yemen Resolution” (H.J. Res. 44) in the U.S. House of Representatives. After winning her primary election last November by an unprecedented margin, the congresswoman announced her intention to seek the presidency in 2020.

According to Gabbard’s website, she’s opposed wars “since the day she was sworn in to Congress in 2011.” In April of this year, she co-sponsored the “Stop Arming Terrorists Act,” which “expresses our commitment to ensuring that the conflict in Yemen is resolved by all parties through peaceful means.” The resolution, which passed last April and is currently being challenged in court, “expresses Congress’s deep condemnation of the ongoing conflict in Yemen and our desire to ensure that the war in Yemen, rather than perpetuating the atrocities suffered in the region, is brought to a rapid and successful conclusion.”

While it doesn’t say much against the US-led war in Syria, which the administration has recently started, it does call for an end to US airstrikes against Bashar al-Assad’s government. (The bill’s co-sponsor, Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., says that he was “very pleased” to see Gabbard introduce the bill, and “will continue to support her and her progressive colleagues as they work toward the resolution’s passage.”)

In a press release, Gabbard said that the bill’s passage “would be a major step forward in our collective efforts to bring an end to the war in Yemen and help bring more than 20 million Yemenis out of ruin and into the middle class.”

However, in May, before the war in Syria started, a group of prominent senators introduced a resolution (H.J. Res. 59) that would have banned US strikes against Assad’s government in Syria. The resolution is currently being sued by the Center for Constitutional Rights, which says that it represents �

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