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End U.S. Support for Deadly Yemen War

By Kate Gould, April 26, 2017

With the U.S. military already fueling Saudi jets in Yemen, the White House is considering an escalation, from further intelligence sharing to possible direct US military intervention in the Yemen war. Congress can stop the U.S. from fueling the bloodshed in Yemen.

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

Urge Lawmakers to Cosponsor SJ Res 40

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The U.S. is fueling the conflict in Yemen.

There's an American imprint on every civilian life lost in Yemen. - Sen. Chris Murphy

The U.S. is ramping up its refueling for the Saudi jet bombers that have rained down bombs on Yemeni markets, schools, factories, residential neighborhoods, and a hospital and contributed to the deaths of over 10,000 civilians. The White House is considering an escalation in Yemen war, from further intelligence sharing to possible direct US military intervention in the war. The war has already ravaged Yemeni society, with 14.1 million Yemenis experiencing food insecurity and 3.1 million suffering displacement. Despite the clear connection between U.S. arms to Saudi Arabia and Yemeni civilian suffering, the U.S. continues to sell billions of dollars of munitions to Saudi Arabia.

But congressional dissent from U.S. support for the Saudi military is growing.

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 

In September, 27 Senators voted against a $1.15 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia. A horrendous October attack on a funeral that killed and wounded hundreds as was declared by Human Rights Watch to comprise a "war crime." And yet, the Trump administration is considering adding fuel to the fire.

Congress can catalyze an end to the U.S. role in enabling violence against civilians.

Please support S.J. Resolution 40. This bill places important humanitarian conditions onto certain U.S. arms transfers to Saudi Arabia, assuring that Saudi Arabia will take all feasible precautions to reduce the risk of civilian harm.

Take action: Urge Lawmakers to Cosponsor SJ Res 40

Block U.S. Bombs to Saudi Arabia

We need your voice to help compel your Senators to vote against this arms deal to Saudi Arabia – and against U.S.-backed atrocities in Yemen.

Contact Congress
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 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."

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 Director, Middle East Policy

Kate Gould is FCNL's Legislative Director for Middle East Policy. Kate is one of only a handful of registered lobbyists in Washington, D.C. working to advance human rights objectives and support diplomatic solutions to resolve disputes between the U.S. and Iran and the conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Israel/Palestine.