1. Action Alert
  2. Middle East & Iran

Tell Congress: Block Weapons of Mass Starvation

Write an LTE to block a bomb sale to Saudi Arabia

By Leah Muskin-Pierret, June 6, 2017

Your voice matters to urge your senators to vote against this arms deal to Saudi Arabia – and against U.S.-backed atrocities in Yemen.

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

Last month, as President Trump sealed a $110 billion weapons deal with the Saudi government, the Saudi-led war in Yemen entered its third year. This weapons sale includes bombs to perpetuate this war and plunge Yemen further into famine. U.S. bombs have been regularly dropped from Saudi planes in deadly, illegal attacks, including the war’s two deadliest incidents – an attack on a crowded market, and another on a packed funeral hall.

But before those weapons are sent to refuel the war, your senators will cast a vote. Within the next two weeks, your senators will vote on whether to send weapons of mass starvation—weapons that will only kill more civilians for a war that will plunge more civilians into famine.

Will you raise your voice to challenge the U.S.-arms fueling the Yemen war?

Every vote against more bombs to Saudi Arabia will help sound the alarm against U.S.-backed atrocities in Yemen. Congress can stop the U.S. from aiding and abetting war crimes in the war in Yemen, which has killed over 10,000 Yemeni civilians and left 17 million Yemenis on the verge of starvation. Senators Chris Murphy (CT), Rand Paul (KY), and Al Franken (MN) have introduced legislation to block a bomb sale to Saudi Arabia in the Senate, alongside Representatives Mark Pocan (WI) and Justin Amash (MI) in the House. Rep. Pocan called for Congress to use “every tool at our disposal… to end this incomprehensible tragedy”.

Will you write a letter to the editor today urging your senators to support legislation to block the bomb sale to Saudi Arabia?

We expect the Senate to vote on this bill next week. During a similar campaign in September, 27 senators voted to block an arms deal. But with Yemen in crisis and these weapons directly implicated in the crisis on the table, the vote could be close. Your voice matters to urge your senators to vote against this arms deal – and against U.S.-backed atrocities in Yemen.

More ways to take action:

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

Urge Lawmakers to Cosponsor SJ Res 40

Contact Congress

Learn more with these resources:

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.

Action Alert End U.S. Support for Deadly Yemen War 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.