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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.

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 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:

Support & Protect Barbara Lee Amendment to Sunset 2001 AUMF

Members of Congress applauded after the House Appropriations Committee overwhelmingly approved Rep. Barbara Lee's amendment that would revoke the overbroad 2001 law giving the president authority to undertake war against al Qaeda and its affiliates unless a replacement provision is created. The bipartisan vote was a rebuke of President Trump's abuse of this authority to use military force in Syria and Yemen against groups not affiliated with al Qaeda without authorization from Congress. Rep. Tom Cole, a Republican who supported Rep. Lee's amendment, said, "It’s time for leadership to wake up, and the administration to wake up, and send over a recommended AUMF, mark it up and take it to the floor. I don’t know any other way to get their attention because we’ve been talking about it for years."

Unfortunately, House Speaker Paul Ryan called Barbara Lee's amendment a "mistake" and threatened to strip it from the bill.

Urge your Representative & Senators to support & protect Barbara Lee's amendment to sunset the 2001 AUMF 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.

Senator Baldwin: Explain Your Vote for Pentagon Bloat

On Thursday, June 9, the Senate rejected an amendment by John McCain to increase the Pentagon budget by $18 billion. The vote was 56-42 in favor; 60 votes were needed to pass. McCain's amendment tried to violate a bipartisan budget accord that increases in Pentagon spending must be matched by increases in domestic spending. 31 Democrats and 11 Republicans voted no on McCain's amendment; 44 Republicans and 12 Democrats and voted yes on McCain's amendment. McCain's amendment was opposed by groups who disagree with diverting our tax dollars from human needs to the bloated Pentagon budget, including Just Foreign Policy. So: a VICTORY! Hooray!

But Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin, who is widely seen as a "progressive Democrat," was one of the 12 Democrats who supported McCain's amendment to pad the Pentagon budget by $18 billion.

Urge Senator Baldwin to defend and explain her vote for McCain's amendment by signing our petition at MoveOn.

Tuition-Free Public College vs. McCain $18B #NDAA Pentagon Bloat

It's bad enough that more than half of our federal tax dollars go to the feed the bloated Pentagon and its fat cat contractors, while we're told there's not enough money for public education. But now Senator John McCain wants to pad the Pentagon budget with $18 billion more in an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act [NDAA].

Urge your Senators to oppose the McCain amendment by signing our petition at MoveOn.

How much money is $18 billion? Bernie Sanders' plan for tuition-free public college would cost $70 billion a year. So-called "conservatives" howled: you'll bust the budget! We don't have the money! But McCain's bid to pad the Pentagon budget by $18 billion is barely being noticed by the national media. You flush $18 billion down the toilet four times, you just threw away the money for tuition-free public college.

Urge Senators to oppose the McCain amendment to waste $18 billion more of our tax dollars on the Pentagon by signing and sharing our petition.

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