Yesterday, in a dramatic shift against current US involvement in Yemen’s civil war, 63 senators voted to discharge S.J.Res. 54 to the floor. Though a milestone in the struggle to end US complicity in Yemen’s conflict and resulting humanitarian catastrophe, we need to caution that the Senate has only voted, so far, to have a debate on the resolution. Already, some senators who supported the resolution’s discharge because of public pressure and media coverage are looking for a way to duck the final vote when it occurs next week. So we need you to keep calling and emailing until the bill passes the Senate!
First introduced by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) in February, S.J.Res. 54 directs the president to withdraw all US armed forces from coordinating and participating in the movement of Saudi-led coalition forces engaged in hostilities in (and over) Yemen. If passed, it would be the sharpest statement of opposition yet to US-supported war crimes committed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in Yemen, and could compel those countries to adhere to the UN-led mediation process, set to resume in Sweden next month.
Though 63 senators voted to advance the measure, some only did so because of your calls and local activism. According to Senator Murphy, several prominent senators are hoping that the White House will offer a cosmetic policy change so that they can justify switching their votes, which will weaken the message being sent to the coalition states. If this White House compromise doesn’t come, others may try to introduce amendments, some having nothing to do with Yemen or the war, to obstruct the process and muddy a final vote. So when you call your senators, tell them:
They must vote in favor of S.J.Res. 54 when it comes to the floor next week;
They must vote against any procedural hurdles thrown in its path; and
They must support a clean vote -- no amendments, no confusion, just a straightforward congressional repudiation of US complicity in Yemen’s conflict.
Click the “start writing” button to contact your senators now!
To make sure your senators hear you loud and clear, give their office a phone call as well.
Call the congressional switchboard (202)-224-3121.
Ask to be connected with one of your senators (not sure who that is? Choose your state here).
When you’re connected with your senator’s office, say:
My name is [your name] and I live in [your town]. Senator ________ must support the final passage of S.J.Res. 54 when it comes up for a vote, and they must support a clean vote -- no amendments, the resolution sends the strongest message as currently written. Only a clear and decisive message from Congress will end US complicity in Yemen’s humanitarian catastrophe.
When you’re done, call the switchboard again and ask for your other senator.
Thank you for taking action to end the war in Yemen!
To learn more about this resolution, visit the “Stop the War” micro-site (stopthewar.us) we’re supporting in partnership with 16 other organizations. The YPP helped lead the effort to get this resolution introduced, but we need your help to make sure it passes!