Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) celebrated House passage of S.J. Res. 7 by a 247-175 margin, requiring the President to end American military participation in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
The Trump Administration has eliminated U.S. funding for the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) and other humanitarian programs in the West Bank and Gaza. In response, FCNL joined a broad faith coalition urging Congress to restore funding for these vital, life saving programs for Palestinians.
Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) hailed today’s landmark Senate vote to end American involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. The legislation (S.J. Res 7), passed 54-46, enforces the 1973 War Powers Act by ending American military participation in a war that has killed untold thousands and put millions of Yemenis on the brink of starvation.
FCNL, in partnership with 71 other organizations, signed a letter urging members of Congress to support of S.J.Res. 7, Sens. Bernie Sanders (VT), Mike Lee (UT), and Chris Murphy (CT)'s legislation to end U.S. military participation in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. The signers include a diverse coalition of groups, including peace and security, humanitarian, mass-movement, faith-based, atrocities prevention, and constitutional rights-focused organizations that collectively represent millions of Americans, based in every congressional district in the country.
As I write this, the people of Yemen are experiencing a horrific humanitarian crisis. The Saudi-led war on the Yemeni people has contributed to widespread malnutrition. Preventable diseases like cholera and diphtheria are claiming lives at alarming rates. The U.S. has been contributing military and intelligence resources to the Saudi-led war.
FCNL joins 50 other organizations in urging members of Congress to speak out in support of rejoining the Iran nuclear deal. With tensions rising between the United States and Iran, it is more important than ever for members of Congress to adhere to the principles outlined below to guard against another devastating war in the Middle East.