Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Menendez (D-NJ) released a bill seeking to find a peaceful resolution to the war in Yemen, as well as apply new sanctions on Saudi Arabia due to the government’s alleged role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Among other consequences, the bill would suspend arms transfers to Saudi Arabia, and prohibit in-flight refueling of Saudi aircraft by American planes.
As it relates to sanctions, the bill would apply sanctions on any actor contributing to Yemen’s instability, preventing the Yemeni peoples’ access to humanitarian goods or supporting the Houthi rebels. Additionally, the bill would impose sanctions on any actor found responsible for a role in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.
Unlike other recently introduced legislation, this bill is not being invoked under the War Powers Resolution.