On April 5, FCNL’s Executive Secretary Diane Randall sent a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee urging them to closely examine Mike Pompeo’s record before voting on his nomination for Secretary of State.
For more than two years, the U.S. has actively supported the Saudi-led coalition bombing of Yemen, which has resulted in a humanitarian catastrophe. The U.S. shouldn't be rewarding the killing of civilians by sending more bombs.
“We saw leadership divided” on the Democratic side, said Kate Gould, the Middle East legislative policy director at the Friends Committee on National Legislation. “We still had 44 senators that took the step not just of blocking a bomb sale, but of [considering] actually withdrawing U.S. armed forces from the conflict altogether, despite the fact that the Pentagon and the Saudis were really trying to scare senators.”
“Under this legislation, no longer would U.S. pilots serve as gas station attendants in the sky to refuel Saudi and UAE bombers that rein down terror on Yemeni men, women and children,” said Kate Gould, of the anti-war advocacy group Friends Committee on National Legislation.
The U.S. is literally fueling the largest humanitarian crisis in the world today. The Saudi jets bombing Yemeni civilians and infrastructure are doing so thanks to U.S. refueling of their planes and information from U.S. intelligence sources.
“The two of them working together is certainly going to attract a lot of media attention and there’s been a lot of grassroots support for this issue,” said Kate Gould, the legislative director for Middle East Policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a Quaker lobby.
Action Would End U.S. Complicity in Largest Global Humanitarian Crisis
A bipartisan trio of Senators—Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Chris Murphy (D-CT)—has introduced legislation to end U.S. military involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen that has driven the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Because this war has never been authorized by Congress, the War Powers Resolution guarantees that this bill will get a vote on the Senate floor within weeks.