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Tell Sen. Jack Reed to Renounce Cluster Bombs

Just Foreign Policy's Robert Naiman is in Providence with Rhode Islanders delivering a petition to Senator Jack Reed urging him to renounce his support for cluster bomb sales to Saudi Arabia. Here are 3 quick reasons Sen. Reed should do this:

  1. Cluster bombs often kill civilians, sometimes years after a conflict ends.
  2. Although the company that makes US cluster bombs, Textron, is based in Rhode Island, both of Rhode Island's House Representatives voted to ban cluster bomb sales to Saudi Arabia.
  3. Human Rights Watch reported that Saudi Arabia has used U.S. cluster bombs in civilian areas in Yemen, in defiance of US law.

Join today's action by calling Sen. Reed and urging him to renounce his support for cluster bombs sales to Saudi Arabia!

Call his Providence office NOW at (401) 528-5200. When you reach a staffer, you can say something like:

“I urge Sen. Jack Reed to join Rhode Island Reps. David Cicilline and Jim Langevin in opposing sales of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. We should not be selling this weapon to a country that targets civilians.”

When you have made your call, please report it below.

Sen. Reed: Renounce Your Support of Cluster Bombs

On June 16, the House of Representatives narrowly failed to approve an amendment sponsored by Rep. John Conyers [D-MI] that would have blocked the transfer of U.S. cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia, which has used U.S. cluster bombs in civilian areas in Yemen, in defiance of U.S. law.

Textron, based in Providence, Rhode Island, is the last North American producer of cluster bombs, and has the contract to supply cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. Some opponents of the amendment cited this as a reason for their opposition - banning the transfer of U.S. cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia might hurt the profits of a U.S. company. Rhode Island's Representatives in the House, David Cicilline and Jim Langevin, rejected this argument - they did the right thing and voted yes on the Conyers amendment.

But Rhode Island Democratic Senator Jack Reed is leading the charge to keep the flow of U.S. cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia going. Textron has been one of Reed's top campaign contributors.

Urge Jack Reed to do the right thing and renounce his support of cluster bombs by signing our petition at MoveOn.

Ask yr Rep: Why'd you vote for sending cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia?

16 House Democrats voted no on Rep. Conyers' amendment barring the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. 164 Democrats voted yes, along with 40 Republicans. The amendment was defeated 204-216. A switch of seven votes would have passed the amendment.

If your Representative is one of the 16, call your Representative now at (202) 224-3121. When you reach a staffer or leave a message, you can say something like:

"I'm very disappointed by Rep. _______'s vote to continue sending cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. I would like to know the justification for this vote. I would like a written response."

Leave your contact information so they can send a written response. If you receive a written response, please forward it to info@justforeignpolicy.org.

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

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.)

House to Vote on Saudi Cluster Bomb Ban - Call Your Rep. Now!

On Tuesday the House Rules Committee agreed that the Conyers amendment permanently banning the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia will be voted on by the full House.

Call your Representative 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 Conyers amendment to ban the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia."

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

Don't assume your Representative is a lost cause on this. There's a new bipartisan skepticism towards Saudi Arabia in Congress. We've never had a vote like this before, and we don't know how it will go.

Please call your Representative now and urge them to support the Conyers amendment to ban the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia.

And if you haven't signed our petition urging Congress to ban the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia, you can do that here.

Urge Rules Cmte: Allow NDAA votes on restricting weapons transfers

The House Rules Committee is meeting Monday at 5 ET and Tuesday at 2 ET to decide which amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act will be allowed and which will be blocked from consideration by the full House.

Your Representative is a member of the House Rules Committee. Please call your Rep. now at (202) 224-3121. When you reach a staffer or leave a voice mail, you can say something like:

"As a constituent, I urge you to vote at the Rules Committee to allow the full House to consider whether to bar the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia and whether to end or limit the US supply of weapons to combatants in Syria."

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

Our action on barring the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia is here:

Support Conyers, Ban Cluster Bomb Transfers to Saudi Arabia

Our action on ending or limiting the US transfer of weapons to Syrian combatants is here:

Cut US Weapons to Syrian Combatants

Thank your Rep. on Syria - and ask them to do more

Your Representative in Congress was one of 27 Members who signed a bipartisan letter to President Obama urging him to maintain his opposition to sending MANPADs to Syrian insurgents.

Please call your Representative at (202) 224-3121 and say thank you - and ask them to take another step to limit military escalation.

When you reach a staffer, you can say something like,

"As your constituent, I thank you for your leadership in signing the Conyers-Yoho letter against sending MANPADs to Syrian insurgents. I urge you to co-sponsor the Lieu-Yoho bill, HJR 90, to condition US military support for Saudi Arabia on Saudi cooperation against terrorism and protection of civilians in Yemen."

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

And if you haven't signed our petition in support of the Lieu-Yoho bill, you can do that here.

Urge Sen. Baldwin: No Cluster Bombs to Saudi Arabia

Tomorrow JFP's Robert Naiman going to deliver petitions to Senator Tammy Baldwin's office in Milwaukee, urging her to oppose the U.S. transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. These anti-personnel weapons are loathed around the world for the extreme risk they pose to civilians - but Saudi Arabia has used them in its war in Yemen.

Please help Naiman deliver this message by calling Senator Baldwin's office in Milwaukee now at (414) 297-4451. When you reach a staffer, you can say something like:

"I urge Senator Baldwin to introduce an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would bar the U.S. transfer of 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 Senator Baldwin urging her to oppose the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia, you can do that here.

Call-in: Urge your Rep. to back Lieu-Yoho bill on Saudi Arabia

Reps. Ted Lieu [D-CA] and Ted Yoho [R-FL] have introduced legislation in the House (H.J.R. 90) that would restrict U.S. weapons transfers to Saudi Arabia. Just like the companion Murphy-Paul bill in the Senate, it would require the President to certify that Saudi Arabia is limiting civilian casualties in its war in Yemen and cooperating with the U.S. against ISIS and Al Qaeda before U.S. weapons transfers to Saudi Arabia could go forward.

Please call your Representative now at (202) 224-3121 and urge them to co-sponsor the Lieu-Yoho bill. When you reach a staffer or leave a message, you can say something like:

"As a constituent, I urge you to co-sponsor the Lieu-Yoho bill, HJR 90. It's time for greater Congressional oversight of U.S. weapons transfers to Saudi Arabia."

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

And if you haven't signed our petition urging Congress to support the Lieu-Yoho bill yet, please do that here.

Call-in: Tell your Senator to Set New Conditions on Military Aid to Saudi Arabia

Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) have introduced legislation to prevent the U.S. from continuing to support Saudi-led military campaigns in places like Yemen where Saudi Arabia's year-long campaign has led to a devastating humanitarian crisis and a security vacuum that has empowered our terrorist enemies al Qaeda and ISIS. The Murphy-Paul bipartisan legislation will require the President to formally certify that the government of Saudi Arabia is demonstrating an ongoing effort to target terrorist groupsminimize harm to civilians, and facilitate humanitarian assistance before Congress can consider the sale or transfer of air-to-ground munitions to Saudi Arabia. 

Urge your Senator to co-sponsor the Murphy-Paul bill by calling their office now at (202) 224-3121. When you reach a staffer, you can say something like:

"The civil war we've supplied in Yemen is prolonging human suffering in Yemen and aiding groups that are intent on attacking us. I urge you to support the Murphy-Paul bill to place new conditions on U.S. military aid to Saudi Arabia." 

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

And if you haven't signed our petition at MoveOn yet, you can do that here.