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Update: House Leadership May Block Vote on Saudi-Led War in Yemen but Your Rep Can Help

By Kate Gould, September 28, 2017

UPDATE (10-26-17): We expect a vote on the House floor on H. Con. Res. 81 on Fri Nov 3rd. Call 1-877-429-0678 to urge your Rep. to cosponsor and vote in support of H.Con.Res. 81. UPDATE (10/9/17): We're hearing House leadership is trying to block this essential vote on the US-backed war in Yemen. Please call your Rep now (1-855-68 NO WAR) to urge him/her to cosponsor H. Con. Res. 81 and pressure the House to allow a vote on unauthorized US military involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. A bipartisan group—Reps. Khanna (CA), Massie (KY), Pocan (WI) and Jones (NC)—has introduced legislation (H. Con. Res. 81) to withdraw all U.S. military support from the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

UPDATE: Since this legislation may be coming up for a vote as early as Fri Nov 3, calls are more effective than emails at this point. Simply use FCNL's call tool or call 1-877-429-0678 and use the following script:

--Hello my name is [NAME] and I'm from [CITY, STATE]. --I'm calling to request Rep. [NAME] support H. Con. Res. 81, the Khanna-Massie legislation to withdraw US military involvement from the Saudi-led war in Yemen. --The vote could come up in November, and I hope Rep. X will cosponsor as soon as possible.

If you would prefer to send an email message, you can follow instructions below:

Will you write your representative and urge him/her to vote to end U.S. military involvement in the Yemen civil war?

By refueling Saudi and UAE bombers and providing the Saudi-led coalition with weapons, intelligence, and logistical support, the U.S. is complicit in violations of international law and in creating the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. This devastating war has pushed Yemen to the brink of mass starvation and into the worst cholera outbreak in recorded world history.

Please write your representative and urge him/her to vote to help end the devastating war in Yemen.

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, was on the Hill with me today, meeting with members of Congress and their staff on this legislation. We keep hearing from offices that they aren’t hearing enough from their constituents about this. I’m asking you to help change that by writing Rep. DeFazio and spread the word to urge others to write as well.

Thanks for all you do for a more peaceful and just world,

Kate Gould

Legislative Director for Middle East Policy

P.S. Check out this Huffington Post report on House leadership's effort to block this essential vote. Increasing the number of cosponsors on H. Con. Res. 81 is more important than ever to push back against the House leadership's anti-democratic efforts to squelch a robust debate and vote on U.S. participation in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

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.