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27 Senators who voted to stop the US arms sale to Saudi Arabia

The following Senators voted against tabling a motion to stop the sale of $1.15 billion in tanks and other military equipment to Saudi Arabia. Effectively, these Senators were voicing opposition to the sale.

Baldwin
Blumenthal
Booker
Boxer
Cantwell
Durbin
Franken
Gillibrand
Heinrich
Heller
Hirono
Kirk
Klobuchar
Leahy
Lee
Markey
Murphy
Murray
Paul
Reid
Sanders
Schatz
Stabenow
Tester
Udall
Warren
Wyden

Lieu-Yoho-Conyers-Mulvaney letter: Let Congress Debate New Weapons Sale to Saudi Arabia

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43 HOUSE DEMOCRATS URGE SECRETARY KERRY TO CALL FOR DEMOCRACY IN BRAZIL (updated)

Reps. Conyers and others put out the following press release on the letter. A PDF of the letter is here.

UPDATE: since the below press release was sent out, three Members of Congress signed on to the letter - 
Lloyd Doggett (TX-35)Karen Bass (CA-37), and Nydia M. Velázquez (NY-7).
An updated PDF of the letter is here.

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For Immediate Release:

Catholic bishops support Conyers amendment to ban transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia

Text of statement of the Office of International Justice and Peace, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops:

Office of International Justice and Peace

3211 FOURTH STREET NE • WASHINGTON DC 20017-1194 • 202-541-3160 WEBSITE: WWW.USCCB.ORG/JPHD • FAX 202-541-3339

HR 5293 — Conyers Amendment on Blocking of Funds Related to Transfer of Cluster Munitions

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) urges support for the Conyers amendment blocking funds from being used to transfer or authorize the transfer of cluster munitions to Saudi Arabia.

(The PDF is here.)

Ellison-Yarmuth-Dingell Letter Urging an End to Violence in Israel and Palestine

November XX, 2015

His Excellency Mahmoud Abbas

President

Palestinian National Authority

His Excellency Benyamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister of Israel

Dear President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu:

We write in anguish and grief at the latest outbreak of deadly violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank. We appreciate your willingness to engage with Secretary Kerry and King Abdullah and hope you will build on that dialogue by doing everything in your power to avoid language and actions that increase fear, hatred, and violence. This moment calls on all of us to take actions that promote peace.

This violence is a familiar symptom of the underlying problem: the lack of a political solution that creates two states for two peoples, living side-by-side in peace and security. We know from experience in the region that when leaders make a commitment to the peace process, violence decreases.

Securing a lasting peace requires a commitment to humanizing the Israeli and Palestinian experience. Divisive rhetoric dehumanizes people and undermines the prospect of a two-state solution and long term peace.

We are committed to making this same plea to our colleagues in Congress. Members of the United States House of Representatives – and the American people -- have wanted peace and prosperity for Israelis and Palestinians for decades. In order to be an effective voice for peace, we should pursue an approach the urges both sides to live up to their obligations under the Oslo Accords.

Just Foreign Policy Welcomes Historic U.S. Agreement with Iran

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S., Iran, and other world powers announced a historic agreement to sharply restrict Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the removal of international sanctions on Iran. Following the announcement, Just Foreign Policy released the following statement attributable to Policy Director Robert Naiman:

“We welcome today’s announcement of a historic deal with Iran. This is a good deal for America that makes the world safer by blocking potential Iranian pathways to a nuclear weapon, thereby removing any excuse for another disastrous war of choice in the Middle East. The American people have consistently supported this diplomatic path and rejected calls for yet another war in the Middle East.

Republican leaders who still hope for war in the future are already threatening to try to kill the deal. As Congress reviews the deal over the next two months, we will defend the deal and challenge Democrats and war-skeptic Republicans to defend it as well.

We hope that this historic agreement will open a new period of cooperation in U.S.-Iran relations, aiding efforts to end the civil wars in Syria and Yemen.”

 

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For Immediate Release

Petition: Senators: Menendez Should Resign From Leadership While Facing Charges (Spanish.)

 The English version is here. To sign, go here

Senadores: Menéndez debe dimitir del liderazgo mientras enfrenta cargos

Los senadores –especialmente el líder de la minoría, Harry Reid– deberían instar al senador de Nueva Jersey, Robert Menéndez, a retirarse del liderazgo demócrata hasta que se resuelvan las acusaciones de corrupción en su contra.


El Departamento de Justicia está preparando presentar cargos de corrupción contra el senador de Nueva Jersey, Robert Menéndez, tras una investigación de 2 años basada en acusaciones por supuestamente haber aceptado regalos y vacaciones lujosas a cambio de favores políticos. [1] Este es un proceso por el que se ha esperado durante mucho tiempo. En 2013, Menéndez y el senador Mitch McConnell fueron considerados los  dos senadores más corruptos por la  organización Ciudadanos por la Responsabilidad y la Ética en Washington (CREW). [2]

Bibi 3/3 Congress speech: won't attend/called for speech to be cancelled/postponed

Update #2: It's not 100% obvious how vigorously The Hill is now updating its tally. According to Poliitico, Hank Johnson and Donna Edwards are not going to attend. So, I'll start adding things here that appear in press that aren't yet reflected in The Hill's tally.

Hank Johnson
Donna Edwards

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/benjamin-netanyahu-congressional-black-caucus-115103.html

Update#1: The Hill is maintaining a tally, so I've stopped updating this one.

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/232160-whip-list-dems-skipping-netanyahu-speech

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Have publicly said that they won’t go to Bibi’s proposed March 3 speech to Congress if it is not postponed/cancelled:

Just Foreign Policy Welcomes CPC Call to Postpone Iran Sanctions Legislation

Just Foreign Policy welcomes the call of the Congressional Progressive Caucus on the bipartisan leadership of the Senate Banking Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee to postpone enacting new sanctions legislation against Iran.

As the CPC notes, enacting new sanctions on Iran now would undermine U.S. diplomats, derail U.S.-Iran talks and put the U.S. on a path towards war.

It’s become more obvious than ever in recent days that Republican efforts in Congress to undermine diplomacy cannot succeed without significant Democratic support. We particularly urge Senator Sherrod Brown, the ranking member on the Senate Banking Committee, and Elliot Engel, the ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, to heed the CPC call.