Still, further congressional efforts to block USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia and take other steps against the Kingdom have been announced. "I think it speaks to the values that we hold dear". Seven Republican Senators also joined the Democrats in providing support to the resolution.
Frustration with the crown prince and the White House prompted several Republicans to support the Yemen resolution as a way to rebuke the longtime ally.
Even though President Trump has opposed altering U.S. -Saudi relations as a effect of the Khashoggi killing, and most U.S. support to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen continues, the damage to the Saudi reputation in the United States has been severe.
There was no immediate word from House leadership on whether they would allow a vote on either of the resolutions.
CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed House leaders on the Khashoggi slaying on Wednesday, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis briefed the full House on Thursday. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said after Thursday's briefing that he was waiting to see the outcome of the administration's ongoing investigation. "I could have spent the time watching the cable news and learned more". He was killed in what US officials have described as an elaborate plot as he visited the consulate in Istanbul for marriage paperwork. In recent days, the Crown Prince has signaled some flexibility toward Qatar, which Saudi Arabia and the UAE have sought to isolate since 2017, and Saudi Arabia and the UAE have indicated they want to end their involvement in Yemen if an acceptable political solution can be found.
Khashoggi, who had lived in the US and wrote for The Washington Post, had been critical of the Saudi regime.
Pressed on a response to the slaying, Trump has been reluctant to condemn the crown prince.
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Congress is seeking to compel the Trump administration to cease all logistical support for the Saudi-led coalition battling Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. Some in Congress have called for Mohammad Bin Salman to be ousted as heir apparent, others for him to be sanctioned by the United States as a human rights abuser, and still others want to block planned USA civilian nuclear cooperation with the Kingdom.
Trump has said he wants Washington to stand by the Saudi government, and the prince. "You're never going to have a relationship with the United States Senate unless things change".
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, with support of the US, launched a devastating air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi gains.
The votes were largely symbolic because to become law the resolutions would have to pass the House of Representatives, whose Republican leaders have blocked any legislation meant to rebuke the Saudis.
Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, said he would bring the resolution up again in the new Congress, when Democrats will control the House of Representatives.
Yemen's warring parties agreed on Thursday to cease fighting for the Houthi-held port city of Hodeidah and withdraw their troops, the first significant breakthrough for United Nations -led peace efforts in five years of conflict.