We got a bit of a surprise over the weekend. Despite election season, and despite the seemingly hundreds of scandals inundating our screens, certain members of Congress have not forgotten that US support is enabling shocking war crimes in Yemen. And this week, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) is pushing forward a tough amendment to the otherwise routine Defense Department appropriations bill to cut off US support for the Saudi-led coalition’s intervention in Yemen. But it may not move without your voice!
Senator Murphy’s announcement was soon followed by a CNN report confirming that the bomb the coalition used to kill over 40 children on a school bus on August 9 was US-made. Though congressional opposition to US support for coalition war crimes continues to mount, members of Congress have not voted on a measure to end all US refueling and intelligence support for coalition operations since March. Now Senator Murphy’s amendment, which could come up for a vote this week, will put the Senate on the spot yet again. Will members continue to support an intervention that is contributing to Yemen’s disintegration and setting the stage for the post-war resurgence of extremist groups?
On such a tight deadline, the impassioned input of constituents can help settle this question. You can take action in a few easy steps:
Call the congressional switchboard (202) 224-3121.
Ask to be connected with one of your state’s senators
When you’re connected with your representative’s office, say: "My name is [your name] and I live in [your town]. Senator __________ must vote for Senator Chris Murphy’s DoD appropriations amendment to withdraw US support for Saudi-led coalition war crimes in Yemen. American-made bombs can no longer be allowed to kill buses full of Yemeni children, and American refueling and intelligence cannot continue to worsen this terrible war. The Senate must act by passing Senator Murphy’s amendment via majority vote.
Call the switchboard again and ask for your other senator.
Thank you for helping us end America’s exacerbation of the war in Yemen!