Over the past two weeks members of the Senate and House of Representatives have introduced several important measures that could limit or end US military involvement in the war in Yemen. These bills have a very good chance of passing, but only if we all urge our members of Congress to sponsor and support them. You already know that the Yemeni people are facing famine and unspeakable suffering because of this war. The warring parties won't be able to reach a peaceful settlement until foreign interventions and meddling end. That's why we’re asking you to write and call your senators and your representative today. Here's what's on the table:
Senate Joint Resolution 7: This is a reintroduction of last year's S.J.Res.54, which passed the Senate. It invokes the War Powers Resolution of 1973 to direct the president to withdraw all US armed forces from the war in Yemen. We expect this bill to pass once again, but we can't make any assumptions. Politics in the Senate are contentious, and we need your help to keep up the pressure and pass this crucial bill again.
Senate Bill 398: This bill, introduced by Senators Menendez (D-NJ) and Young (R-IN) would prohibit arms transfers to Saudi Arabia, prohibit refueling of coalition aircraft, require the US government to present a strategy for ending the war in Yemen, and place sanctions on individuals responsible for blocking humanitarian aid, among other measures. It also establishes sanctions on Saudi officials involved in the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
House Joint Resolution 37: This is the House version of S.J.Res.7 above, and is essentially identical. We need to pass these bills in both houses, and this will be the first time the House will have a chance to vote on it (last year GOP leadership prevented members from considering the bill twice).
House Resolution 910: This House resolution prohibits the US from refueling Saudi-led coalition aircraft participating in the war in Yemen. Late last year, after congressional and grassroots pressure, the White House suspended refueling operations. But unless this bill becomes law, President Trump could reverse that decision at any time, without even notifying Congress.
So today we're asking you to make three phone calls: one to each of your senators, and one to your representative. For each call, all you have to do is call the congressional switchboard (202)-224-3121 and ask to be connected. Then say:
"My name is [your name], and I live in [your town]. I'm urging Senator _______ to cosponsor S.J.Res.7 to withdraw US forces from the war in Yemen, and S.398 to end US support for the Saudi-led coalition. US involvement is perpetuating the conflict and exacerbating the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. The Senate needs to act now to help end the suffering of the Yemeni people."
"My name is [your name], and I live in [your town]. I'm urging Representative _______ to cosponsor H.J.Res.37 and H.R.910 to withdraw US forces from the war in Yemen and end US refueling of Saudi and Emirati warplanes. US involvement is perpetuating the conflict and exacerbating the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. The Senate needs to act now to help end the suffering of the Yemeni people."
And finally, click here to automatically email your members of Congress. We need to make sure they get the message!
Thank you for taking action to end the war in Yemen!