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End the Illegal U.S. War in Yemen

S.J. Res. 7

In the coming days, FCNL expects the Senate to vote on bipartisan legislation (S.J. Res. 7) to end U.S. military involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. The measure was introduced by Sens. Bernie Sanders (VT), Mike Lee (UT), and Chris Murphy (CT), and a similar version of the legislation passed the Senate in December 2018 by a vote of 56-41.

Similar legislation (H.J. Res. 37), led by Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17), also passed the House in February 2019 in a vote of 248-177. In order for the legislation to get to President Trump’s desk, the House and Senate will have to pass identical legislation. If they do so, it will be the first time that Congress will have sent legislation enforcing the War Powers Act to the President’s desk.

The Saudi-led coalition’s bombardment of Yemen is the leading cause of civilian casualties in the war, according to the United Nations, and a driver of the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Half of the country’s population is on the brink of starvation. The United States has a vast amount of leverage to stop the killing, starting by cutting off U.S. military support for this unconscionable war.

  • Congress has never authorized the use of U.S. military force in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, making such participation unconstitutional.
  • The Saudi-led war in Yemen is exacerbating the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with nearly 22 million people in need of emergency assistance. Save the Children estimates that 85,000 children have already starved to death during the war.
  • Congress has the power to end illegal U.S. involvement in Yemen’s civil war by enforcing the War Powers Act.
  • Please cosponsor and vote for S.J. Res. 7 to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

For further information, contact Liz Bajjalieh, liz@fcnl.org