More on the 5 Dems. Who Voted for Continued War, Famine and Disease in Yemen
However, as explained below in this excerpt from this HuffPost Article, Paul Ryan with help from five (5) Congressional “Democrats” have blocked any consideration of this resolution in the House, basically killing its chance of passage in 2018.
“GOP leadership [Speaker Paul Ryan] sneaked the Yemen provision into the farm bill rule on Tuesday night, enraging many Democrats and some Republicans critical of U.S. support for the Saudis. It appeared to be a pre-emptive move to protect the Trump administration’s Yemen policy because the Democratic-backed measure held privileged status, which meant it had to be considered, and its advocates were seeking to bring it up soon after expected passage of a similar bill in the Senate as a way to send an even stronger rebuke of the kingdom and a military campaign held largely responsible for the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.”
But the Farm Bill Rule (with its sneaked in provision blocking debate and a vote on the Yemen Resolution) passed by a vote of 206 to 203, with surprisingly 18 Republicans voting against and even more surprisingly 5 “Democrats” voting for it (17 Republicans and 6 Democrats were absent at the time of this vote). So if these 5 “Democrats” had voted “no”, the Farm Bill Rule and its sneaked in Yemen provision would have failed, allowing the House to take up the Senate’s Yemen resolution this year. If that had happened, the likely result would have been that Ryan would of had to remove the Yemen provision from the Farm Bill Rule and hold another vote to pass the rule. So no significant consequences for the popular Farm Bill.
The five “Democrats” are Reps. Jim Costa (Calif.), Al Lawson (Fla.), Collin Peterson (Minn.), Dutch Rupperberger (Md.), and David Scott (Ga.).