This Vote Will Change Everything: End U.S. Complicity in War Crimes in Yemen

The full House of Representatives will vote on ending ALL U.S. support for the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen. The coalition is responsible for 2/3rds of civilian deaths in the crisis, the famine crisis and the world’s worst cholera outbreak. How will your Representative vote? Tell them to vote YES, and support H. Con. Res. 81.

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H. Con. Res. 81 Summary

Sponsored by Representatives Ro Khanna (D-CA17), Walter Jones (D-NC3), Thomas Massie (R-KY4), and Mark Pocan (D-WI2), H. Con. Res. 81 directs the President to remove U.S. Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen, except those engaged in operations directed at Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, within 30 days after adoption of this concurrent resolution, unless the President requests and Congress authorizes a later date, and unless and until a declaration of war or specific authorization for the use of U.S. Armed Forces has been enacted.

Why We Support H. Con. Res. 81:

U.S. weapons are being used against civilians by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen. Last week, Amnesty International reported that a U.S. weapons was used against a residential building in Yemen’s capital in August 2017, killing 16 civilian, including seven children. 17 more civilians were injured. In another attack last year, U.S. weapons were used in airstrikes on a funeral hall – while a funeral was in process. 140 people were killed. The Saudi-led coalition is responsible for two-thirds of civilian deaths in the conflict, but despite this widespread targeting of civilians, U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia have continued. The United States must stop arming the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, which is actively committing human rights violations , and has proven to have little regard for the agreed upon tenets of the 2008 Ottowa Convention – using cluster bombs to devastate civilians, military targets and critical infrastructure.

It would be in line with recent popular opinion to avoid inevitably contributing to a war on foreign soil that is responsible for  widespread faminedisplacement and the loss of innocent lives. It would also make sense to reject this sale due to the potential cost of inaction, and the possibility that allowing an ally to indiscriminately violate terms in the Geneva Convention  and destroy a population’s source of food will serve to further destabilize the region, and will further damage America’s reputation; increasing the odds of eventual radicalization and animosity.

The US has the opportunity to hasten the peace process by denying Saudi Arabia the tools needed to continue devastating Yemen, as this war has cost Saudi Arabia $5.3 billion alone in defense spending during the year of 2015, and led them to surpass India in terms of largest arms importer during same year. Saudi Arabia has felt the economic impactof such relentless bombing, and coupled with it’s recent oil production woes, the US has an opportunity to apply soft economic pressure and work with the UN to re-open the peace process; to aid a nation in critical condition.

U.S. military operations in Yemen are a violation of the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force, which authorized sweeping powers for the Executive to launch military strikes against persons, nations and organizations involved in the attacks on September 11th. Since originally authorized, the 2001 AUMF has been used more than 37 times in 14 countries, but debate on the AUMF has been blocked by House leadership. To regain Congressional authority over war powers, and to prevent their continued expansion, Congress must proactively oppose military escalation in Yemen.