1. Action Alert
  2. Middle East & Iran

Fueling the Killing of Kids

By Kate Gould, September 26, 2018

FCNL citizen advocates have worked for years to end the illegal U.S. war in Yemen. Your faithful advocacy has resulted in unprecedented momentum to end U.S. support for this war.

Today, Reps. Ro Khanna (CA-17), Adam Smith (WA-09), Mark Pocan (WI-02), and Thomas Massie (KY-04) introduced bipartisan legislation that would stop the U.S. from providing mid-air refueling support to Saudi and Emirati bombers as they rain down bombs on Yemeni neighborhoods, killing and injuring civilians – even children.

Last year, Rep. Khanna introduced similar legislation and House leadership blocked it. That was before the news that Saudi Arabia used a U.S.-made bomb to blow up a school bus full of children. That was before our Secretary of State claimed—despite all evidence to the contrary—that Saudi Arabia is complying with civilian protection conditions imposed by Congress. Notably, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Eliot Engel have also co-sponsored the legislation.

Now we have an unprecedented opportunity to stop the war and end the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. The new legislation could be taken up as early as November. When I lobby your representative, I want to be able to tell them that we have heard from constituents in their district who support this legislation. I hope that I can count on you and your family and friends in your district to urge your representative to support the Khanna-Smith-Pocan-Massie legislation.

Please urge your representative to end U.S. military involvement in Yemen.

Learn more about U.S. complicity in the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.

House Resolution Directs Trump to End U.S. Support for Yemen War 

In Congress, frustration with the U.S. role in Yemen is nearing a breaking point. Sen. Bob Menendez — the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — is holding up a $2 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates over concerns that the two countries routinely bomb civilian targets. Meanwhile, in the House, U.S. assistance to the Saudi- and UAE-led coalition is about to face another major hurdle.

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Kate Gould

  • Legislative Director, Middle East Policy

Kate Gould served as FCNL's Legislative Director for Middle East Policy. Kate was 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.