Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) hailed today’s historic Senate vote to advance legislation ending American participation in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. It calls on the Senate to immediately vote on final passage, and for the House to also take up this legislation and end illegal military involvement in Yemen’s civil war once and for all.
When asked what would be most effective in creating long-term peace, most Americans favor diplomacy and policy solutions over military intervention. The new Congress should heed constituent voices and invest in peacebuilding.
In addition to causing immense human suffering, violent conflict has a substantial financial cost. It is in the economic interests of the United States to switch from a policy of military intervention to one of conflict prevention.
Fourteen NGO and faith organizations urge Defense Secretary Mattis to keep the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI), which develops doctrine, training, and research on the protection of civilians, foreign humanitarian assistance, and stability operations.
Twenty-three faith-based and humanitarian organizations urge robust funding for the international affairs budget including programs that prevent violent conflict, mitigate atrocities and protect civilians.
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