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Vote expected Tuesday on Saudi arms deal - call your Senator!

You can never be sure what the Senate will vote on and when they will vote on it. But currently, a vote on the Paul-Murphy-Lee-Franken resolution to disapprove the Saudi arms deal is expected Tuesday.

Call your Senator 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 SJ Res 39, the Paul-Murphy-Lee-Franken resolution to disapprove the Saudi arms deal."

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

Human Rights Watch says hundreds of civilians—including at least 200 children—have been killed so far in U.S.-enabled unlawful Saudi airstrikes in Yemen. But despite extensive documentation by Human Rights Watch of these violations, the US continues to fuel the conflict. After selling over $20 billion dollars in weapons to Saudi Arabia in 2015, some in Washington want to add another $1.15 billion dollars in arms sales.

That why Human Rights Watch is calling on the Senate to pass the Paul-Murphy-Lee-Franken resolution. Call your Senator at (202) 224-3121 now. Report your call below.

Sign a Petition Directed To Your Senator Against the Saudi Arms Deal

We've made petitions localized to each state where we have a plausible story that there's a Senator there who could be an early co-sponsor of the resolution against the Saudi arms deal - if they heard a groundswell from constituents.

If your state is on the following list, please click the state's link to sign and share the petition for your state, directed to your Senator(s).  

Call your Rep.: Sign Lieu-Yoho-Conyers-Mulvaney letter to stop Saudi arms deal

Secretary of State Kerry is going to Saudi Arabia this week, to talk about the war in Yemen. Before he goes, he needs to know there is significant Congressional concern about what Saudi Arabia is doing in Yemen with U.S. weapons. That's why we're trying to get as many signers as possible today on the Congressional letter to President Obama, urging him to delay the Saudi arms deal.

Your Rep voted on June 16 to ban the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. 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 sign the Lieu-Yoho-Conyers-Mulvaney letter to hold the Saudi arms deal until Congress can give it full consideration. Congress has never authorized U.S. participation in Saudi Arabia's Yemen war."

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

And if you haven't yet signed our joint petition with Daily Kos and the Yemen Peace Project to hold up the arms sale, you can do that here.

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

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Urge your Senator to support Murphy-Paul res.to block Saudi arms deal

On Sept. 8, Senators Chris Murphy [D-CT], Rand Paul [R-KY], Al Franken [D-MN], and Mike Lee [R-UT] introduced a bipartisan resolution - SJ Res 39 - to stop the sale of $1.15 billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia that would be used to fuel the war in Yemen.

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

"Please support SJ Res 39, the Murphy-Paul-Franken-Lee resolution to BLOCK the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia."

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

And if you haven't yet signed our petition urging Congress to block the deal, you can do that here.

Ask your Rep. to Stand up to Saudi Arabia, Oppose New Arms Deal

On June 16, 204 Members of the House voted to bar the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. Now we need them and others to stand up to Saudi Arabia on the new proposed arms deal.

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 oppose the new Saudi arms deal. Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen is a humanitarian catastrophe and the U.S. should get out of it."

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

If you haven't yet signed our petition to Congress against the Saudi arms deal, you can do that here.

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.

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.