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White House-Congress fight over Red Sea defense gets risky for economy

An aerial view of aircraft carriers of the United States Navy USS Gerald R. Ford and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower together in eastern Mediterranean on November 03, 2023. 

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The Congressional calls to consider prioritizing U.S.-flagged vessels come at a time when the Iranian-backed Houthis continue to attack shipping in the Red Sea. According to U.S. defense officials, there have been 40 attacks on commercial shipping. Over the weekend, the U.S. and allies launched the latest strikes against the Iran-backed Houthis rebels, which included targeting of anti-ship cruise missiles. Mohammed Al-Bukhaiti, a member of the Houthis’ Ansarallah political bureau, said on Saturday in response that the group’s attacks “will continue until the aggression against Gaza stops.”

Recently, four senators — including three from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — asked the…

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