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Allow the House to vote on U.S. role in the Saudi war in Yemen

The House is now considering amendments to the Department of Defense Appropriation. The House Rules Committee will decide which amendments will get House floor votes.

Five amendments have been submitted to the Rules Committee that would prohibit or limit U.S. military participation in the Saudi war in Yemen or would limit the transfer of weapons to the Saudi war in Yemen, including explicit prohibition of the refueling of Saudi and UAE planes bombing Yemen and prohibition of the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia.

Urge Republicans on the House Rules Committee to allow House votes on ending and limiting U.S. participation in the Saudi war in Yemen by signing our petition at MoveOn.

With ACLU, MoveOn: Oppose Bills Criminalizing Free Speech Against Settlements

The ACLU has written to Congress urging opposition to pending bills that seek to criminalize advocacy of boycotts against Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The ACLU warned that proponents of the bills are "seeking additional co-sponsors," and explained that the bills would "punish individuals for no reason other than their political beliefs."

MoveOn has joined the ACLU's opposition to the bills. "Regardless how you feel about BDS, Congress must reject action to criminalize free speech and peaceful protest. The Democrats in House and Senate must say no to H.R. 1697/S. 720," MoveOn said. “Free speech and peaceful protest are integral to democracy."

S.720 & H.R.1697 would erase the distinction in U.S. law between Israel and Israeli settlements in the West Bank and make it illegal for U.S. companies to boycott or otherwise discriminate against Israeli settlements in the West Bank based on calls by the United Nations or the European Union.

Urge your Senators & Representative to join the ACLU & MoveOn in opposing these unconstitutional bills by signing our petition.

Nikki Haley: Back UN Envoy ‏Plan to Save Yemen from Famine

UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed has announced a plan to remove the governorate of Hodeida from the Yemeni civil war. The plan includes a ceasefire for the port, including the halt of any attacks on the port by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates [UAE].

The UN-recognized Yemeni government and Egypt have reportedly announced their support for the plan, but the United States, a key party to the conflict because of its refueling of Saudi and UAE warplanes bombing Yemen, has not yet publicly stated its support. As Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy has said, "The Saudis simply could not operate this bombing campaign without us. Their planes can't fly without US refueling capacity."

Urge Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the UN, to publicly state US support for the UN Envoy's plan to save Hodeida and Yemen from famine by signing our petition at MoveOn.

NYT, WaPo, NPR: Report That the House Voted Against the Saudi War in Yemen

As you know, on July 14 the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to prohibit U.S. military participation in the Saudi-UAE war in Yemen, when it passed the Davidson and Nolan amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act [NDAA].

So far, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and NPR have failed to report this news. The Los Angeles Times reported in an editorial that "the House of Representatives passed several amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act that call for greater congressional oversight on how U.S. weapons are being used in Yemen," but failed to note that the House passed two amendments that prohibit U.S. military participation in Saudi Arabia's Yemen war. Current U.S. military participation includes refueling the Saudi and UAE warplanes that are bombing Yemen.

Urge the NYT, WaPo, and NPR not to censor the news that the House has voted against U.S. participation in the Saudi war in Yemen by signing our petition at MoveOn.

Thank the House for Rejecting the Saudi War in Yemen

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to prohibit U.S. participation in the Saudi-UAE war in Yemen, when it passed the Davidson and Nolan amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act [NDAA].

Support the House action by signing our petition at MoveOn.

The Davidson [R-OH] amendment prohibits U.S. military action in Yemen not authorized by the 2001 AUMF. U.S. participation in the Saudi-UAE war in Yemen is not targeting Al Qaeda or ISIS and is not authorized by the 2001 AUMF. Davidson's amendment would block the U.S. refueling of Saudi and UAE warplanes bombing Yemen.

The Nolan [D-MN] amendment prohibits the deployment of U.S. troops to participation in Yemen's civil war. Nolan's amendment would block the U.S. refueling of Saudi and UAE warplanes bombing Yemen.

Tell your representatives in Washington that you support the House action and that U.S. participation in Saudi Arabia's Yemen war should end immediately by signing our petition at MoveOn.

Just Foreign Policy Welcomes House Rejection of Saudi-UAE War in Yemen

Just Foreign Policy Welcomes House Rejection of Saudi-UAE War in Yemen

 

- Calls on President Trump to Heed House Votes on Davidson, Nolan NDAA Provisions and End Refueling of Saudi, UAE Planes Bombing Yemen

- Urges Senate to Adopt Davidson, Nolan Prohibitions on U.S. Participation in Saudi-UAE War in Yemen

- Urges Congress to Explicitly Prohibit U.S. Refueling of Saudi, UAE Planes Bombing Yemen

 

July 14, 2017

 

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved two amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act [NDAA] that would prohibit U.S. participation in the catastrophic Saudi-UAE war against the Houthi-Saleh alliance in Yemen.

 

Just Foreign Policy welcomes the House votes repudiating U.S. participation in the Saudi-UAE war in Yemen, calls on President Trump to immediately end the U.S. refueling of Saudi and UAE warplanes bombing Yemen, calls on the Senate to adopt the Davidson and Nolan provisions in the Senate version of NDAA, and calls on Congress to explicitly prohibit the U.S. refueling of Saudi and UAE warplanes bombing Yemen.

 

CALL YOUR REP!: House Votes Today on Saudi war in Yemen

Last night the House Rules Committee approved two amendments for votes today that fundamentally challenge U.S. participation in the Saudi war in Yemen.

The Davidson [R-OH] amendment prohibits U.S. military action not authorized by the 2001 AUMF. U.S. participation in the Saudi war in Yemen is not authorized by the 2001 AUMF. That would block the U.S. refueling of Saudi warplanes bombing Yemen.

The Nolan [D-MN] amendment prohibits the deployment of U.S. troops to participation in Yemen's civil war. That would block the U.S. refueling of Saudi warplanes bombing Yemen.

This devastating war, which was never authorized by Congress, has been going on for more than two years and has pushed Yemen to the brink of famine, with the worst cholera outbreak in the world, with the UN on the verge of giving up on vaccination against cholera in Yemen because of the war.

We've never had votes like this before in either chamber. We have no idea how it will go. Every Rep. needs to be called, whether they are Democrat or Republican, pro-Trump or anti-Trump.

Call your Rep. now at (202) 224-3121. When you reach a staffer or leave a message, you can say something like:

"I urge you to vote YES on the Davidson and Nolan amendments to prohibit U.S. participation in the unauthorized Saudi war in Yemen."

When you've made your call, please report it below.

Please forward this note to any contacts who might take action.

Urge your Saudi-skeptic Rep. to block refueling of Saudi warplanes bombing Yemen

Your Rep. is special - one of 31 Republicans who voted last year to ban the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia who are still in the House. At the time, 200 Republicans voted to allow cluster bomb transfers to Saudi Arabia to continue. So, in the set of all Republicans, your Rep. was exceptional in their willingness to vote against Saudi Arabia.

Call your Rep. now at (202) 224-3121. When you reach a staffer or leave a message, you can say something like:

"I urge Rep. ______ to co-sponsor the bipartisan Khanna-Jones amendment to stop refueling Saudi warplanes bombing Yemeni civilians."

When you've made your call, please report it below.

And if you haven't signed our petition urging Rules Committee Republicans to allow votes on amendments against U.S. aid to the Saudi war in Yemen, please do that here.

Urge your Rep. to allow votes on ending the Saudi war in Yemen

The House is voting this week on amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act [NDAA]. Amendments have been proposed which would attack U.S. participation in the Saudi war in Yemen, which has pushed Yemen to the brink of famine.

See if your Rep. is a Republican Member of the House Rules Committee. They're going to have an outsized say on whether we'll get votes this week on ending U.S. participation in the Saudi war in Yemen, because the Rules Committee decides which NDAA amendments come up for a vote on the floor.

Call your Rep. now at (202) 224-3121. When you reach a staffer or leave a message, you can say something like:

"I urge you to support NDAA amendments in the Rules Committee to stop refueling Saudi warplanes bombing Yemen and to ban transferring cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia."

When you've made your call, please report it below.

And if you haven't yet signed our petition to Rules Committee Members urging them to allow these amendments, you can do that here:

Trump: Seek Peace with Russia in Syria - As Advocated by David Ignatius

There is an apparent split in the foreign policy establishment over diplomacy with Russia to resolve the war in Syria. We want to help the pro-diplomacy faction of the establishment defeat the anti-diplomacy faction of the establishment so we can have less war. Washington Post columnist David Ignatius is a "liberal insider," someone considered "close to the U.S. foreign policy establishment" and he is now advocating for diplomacy with Russia, an “official U.S. adversary”, as the “best path to peace in Syria".

Urge President Trump & Congress to back David Ignatius' call to work with Russia for peace in Syria by signing our petition at MoveOn.

As David Ignatius reported in the Washington Post, the United States and Russia successfully negotiated agreement on a buffer zone and "deconfliction line" in Syria. The agreement allows the United States and its allies to clear the Islamic State’s capital, Raqqa, while Russia and the Syrian government take the city of Deir al-Zour. The agreement on the line keeps the combatants focused on fighting the Islamic State, rather than fighting each other.