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Call Your Senators: Block Bombs to Saudi Arabia

By Kate Gould, Leah Muskin-Pierret, June 5, 2017


Your senators will vote the week of June 12 on whether to block bombs to Saudi Arabia, which are being used to kill civilians in Yemen. Your calls to the Senate are crucial to ensure the Senate sends a strong message to challenge this deadly war.

Thank Senators who Voted to Block Bombs to Saudi Arabia

You can continue the push to end U.S. complicity in the Saudi war in Yemen by responding to your senators' votes

Write to Congress 

UPDATE: FCNL applauds the 47 senators who voted on June 13, 2017 to block the sale of U.S. weapons to Saudi Arabia. Please raise your voice by calling your senators today and thanking them for their Yea vote or voicing your dissent from their Nay vote on S.J. Res 42 to block U.S. bombs to Saudi Arabia.

Press Release 47 Senators Say No to Weapons of Mass Starvation 

47 Senators voting against Saudi bomb sale sends clear message that Yemen war must end

FCNL applauds the 47 senators who voted today to block the sale of U.S. weapons to Saudi Arabia. The growing Senate opposition to this sale sends a strong signal that U.S. backing for the Saudi-led coalition’s indiscriminate killing of civilians and de-facto blockade in Yemen must end.

Tell Congress: Block weapons of mass starvation 1-855-68-No-War Support S.J. Res. 42

Call Your Senators in Three Steps:

1. Dial the Capitol switchboard:

1-855-68-NO-WAR (1-855-686-6927), where you will be directed to provide your zip code to identify your state/district, and will be automatically connected to the offices of your legislators.

2. Ask your senator to vote for S.J. Res 42, to block bombs to Saudi Arabia.

Please call both of your senators. Every vote will make a difference to block the bombs and challenge the war.

CALL SCRIPT:

Hi my name is [NAME] and I'm a voting constituent from [CITY/STATE].

I'm calling to urge the senator to vote in support of S.J. Res 42, the Murphy-Paul-Franken legislation to block bombs to Saudi Arabia. In a war that has killed over 10,000 Yemeni civilians, the US should stop fueling the indiscriminate killing of civilians and instead should push for a peaceful solution to end the war.

Optional: You can also give the staffer your email and urge them to send you a written response to your request for maximum impact.

I look forward to your response.

3. Spread the word!

Tell your friends to call their senators as well. We don't have much time.

Then, you can take more actions:

End U.S. Complicity in Saudi-Led Yemen War

Urge Lawmakers to Cosponsor SJ Res 40

Contact Congress

Tell Congress: Block Weapons of Mass Starvation

Will you write a letter to the editor today urging your lawmakers to block bomb sales to Saudi Arabia?

Write an LTE

Learn more with these resources:

Update Block U.S. Bombs to Saudi Arabia 

Tell Congress: Vote for SJ Res 42 and HJ Res 102 to block the bombs

Legislators are gearing up to block a bomb sale to Saudi Arabia. Blocking the sale would prevent the U.S. from aiding and abetting the bloodshed in Yemen that has killed over 10,000 Yemeni civilians and left 7 million Yemenis hungry.

Update What We're Reading on Yemen 

Lawmakers and advocates call to stop US arms sales to end devastating Yemen war

On the eve on President Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia, voices opposed to US complicity in the Saudi war in Yemen are multiplying. Sens. Todd Young and Chris Murphy spoke out on the Senate floor, Rep. Pocan spoke up in the pages of the Washington Post, and numerous experts published articles opposing the Saudi arms deals.

Background U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: Support Humanitarian - Not Military - Efforts in Yemen 

The Chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops penned a powerful letter to Congress on Yemen. He insists that, "Rather than exacerbating the conflict through U.S. military intervention and involvement, the United States should work with regional and international partners to bring a peaceful end to Yemen’s civil war and to provide humanitarian relief to counter the desperation that feeds extremism."

Action Alert 55 Representatives Tell Trump to Put Brakes on Yemen War 

Your calls made a difference! 55 Representatives released a bipartisan letter to President Trump, calling on him to come to Congress before taking military action in Yemen.

Press Release FCNL Applauds 27 Senators Who Voted to Block Saudi Arms Deal 

While Saudi Arabia bombs hospitals, schools, and other civilian areas in Yemen, the U.S. is set to finalize a $1.15 billion arms deal with Riyadh.

Background Trump Administration's $110 Billion Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia 

Forum on the Arms Trade outlines the sale and efforts to block it, including a comprehensive compilation of key resources on this sale and the situation in Yemen.

Background Trump may be helping to create a famine in Yemen. Congress could stop him. 

Representative Mark Pocan writes that U.S. arms sales to and military collaboration with Saudi Arabia are giving Saudi Arabia the green light to continue bombing and starving the Yemeni people. Rep. Pocan assures that "members of Congress will act swiftly, using every tool at our disposal — from blocking weapons shipments to forcing a debate and vote on U.S. military involvement in Yemen — to end this incomprehensible tragedy."

FCNL in the News US politicians grow sceptical of Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen 

Kate Gould of FCNL told the Middle East Eye that she expects a much higher vote count in the senate against the U.S. weapons sale to Saudi Arabia this time. House letters and Murphy's bill in the senate are indicative of a shift in how Congress views the Saudi war.

Kate Gould

  • Legislative Representative, Middle East Policy

Kate Gould serves as the Legislative Representative for Middle East Policy. Kate directs FCNL's lobbying on Middle East policy, and is one of only a handful of registered lobbyists in Washington, D.C. working to support diplomatic solutions to disputes between the U.S. and Iran and the conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Israel/Palestine.

Leah Muskin-Pierret

  • Program Assistant for Middle East Policy

Leah Muskin-Pierret works with Kate Gould to support FCNL’s lobbying on issues of militarism and the possibilities for peace in U.S. Middle East policy. She lobbies and provides support for FCNL’s network of constituent lobbyists to promote diplomatic solutions over military action in U.S. policy towards Iran, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Israel/Palestine.