The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) and more than 60 national advocacy groups today urged congressional leaders to end all U.S. support for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in their war against the Houthis in Yemen.
FCNL joined more than 60 national advocacy groups in sending a letter to leaders in the House and Senate, urging an end to all U.S. support for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in their war against the Houthis in Yemen.
In the coming weeks, House and Senate leadership will decide which provisions will remain in the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Different versions of the bill passed each chamber over the summer, and House-Senate negotiators are now working out a final agreement.
In the wake of news that the Trump Administration is preparing to engage in direct talks with the Houthi forces in Yemen, Al Jezeera spoke with Hassan El-Tayyab, FCNL’s Legislative Representative for Middle East Policy.
The United States and Iran are moving closer to war every day. In the United States, the Trump administration is playing a dangerous game. While claiming not to want a war with Iran, the administration has rapidly escalated tensions between our two countries, increasing the risk of accidents and miscalculations.
In a month filled with foreign policy lobbying successes – on ending the war with Iraq, preventing war with Iran, halting U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, blocking funds for dangerous new nuclear weapons, and addressing climate change, among other areas – Israel-Palestine stands out as a conspicuous exception.
FCNL joined 30 organizations in sending a letter to National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conferees expressing opposition to war with Iran, and urging them to retain bipartisan language to prohibit funds for military action against Iran without explicit authorization from Congress. The conferees are working together to resolve the differences between the defense authorization bills passed separately by the Senate and the House.
Recently, FCNL joined Senators, House members, and many other faith groups at a rally calling for legislation to prevent unauthorized war with Iran, an issue FCNL has been working hard on for months, if not years.
The House of Representatives also adopted bipartisan amendments to the annual defense policy bill which advance our work on nuclear weapons, climate, ending U.S. support for the war in Yemen, and more.
In a pair of stunning victories last week, the House of Representatives adopted bipartisan amendments to the annual defense policy bill that would repeal the 17-year-old authority to engage in a war with Iraq and prohibit spending on an unauthorized war with Iran. The National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2020 (NDAA) then passed the House by a final vote of 220-97, without any Republican votes.