Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) celebrated today’s Senate action on Iran, which saw a bipartisan majority vote of 50-40, to block President Trump from attacking Iran without prior congressional authorization. Although the amendment, sponsored by Senators Tom Udall (NM) and Tim Kaine (VA), did not meet the 60-vote threshold required for inclusion in the defense policy bill, it sent a strong message that the Senate will not stand idly by while the president leads the country into yet another devastating Middle East war.
Americans for Peace Now, Arms Control Association, Council for a Livable World, Foreign Policy for America, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Indivisible, J Street, MoveOn, NIAC Action, Ploughshares Fund, VoteVets and Win Without War issued the following statement:
Washington, DC - The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) hails today’s Senate vote to reject the $8 billion arms sale package to Saudi Arabia and other countries that the Trump administration sought to push through without congressional oversight and approval. By a vote of 53 to 45, the Senate disapproved the sale of bombs of the type that have been used in Saudi attacks against Yemeni civilians.
This week the U.S. House of Representatives is moving a $1 trillion spending package to fund key federal departments and agencies. In the process of debating and voting on the measure, Members of Congress will be considering multiple amendments.
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With warships on their way to the Persian Gulf and the White House reviewing plans to send as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East, the United States is setting up the possibility of war with Iran.
On June 3, FCNL joined 45 advocacy groups in sending a letter to Congress calling for an end to U.S. participation in the Saudi-UAE coalition's war in Yemen. during consideration of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and Defense Appropriations bills.