Senate: Use Your War Powers to Stop the Saudi Genocide in Yemen
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As a direct result of the U.S.-enabled Saudi-UAE war and blockade in Yemen, eight million Yemenis face starvation from famine, a million Yemenis have contracted cholera, a child dies in Yemen of preventable causes every ten minutes. Congress never authorized U.S. participation in this war, which includes U.S. refueling of Saudi-UAE warplanes during their bombing runs of civilian areas and civilian infrastructure. Thus, the U.S. is participating in Saudi-UAE war crimes, all without the Constitutionally-required authorization of Congress.
Trump is flagrantly violating the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution by continuing unauthorized U.S. participation in this war; that is an impeachable offense. Now, with U.S. assistance, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are poised to attack the crucial Yemeni port of Hodeida, which the United Nations, aid groups, and former U.S. officials have long warned would likely push northern Yemen into full-blown famine, with millions of civilians in rebel-held areas facing likely death. The Saudis and the UAE are threatening to destroy part of the civilian population in Yemen, an act of genocide, with U.S. participation.
The War Powers Resolution of 1973 gave Senators a key tool to stop this crime. By invoking their war powers, Senators can force a debate and vote on ending U.S. military participation in this war. We can win this vote: in June, 47 Senators voted against continuing to arm Saudi Arabia. That was before the election of Doug Jones. Five Democrats voted the wrong way in June: Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Mark Warner of Virginia, and Bill Nelson of Florida. We just need four more Senators to vote for the Constitution, vote against deliberate famine, vote against mass killing of civilians. Urge your Senators to stand up for the Constitution and for protecting the lives of innocent children by signing our petition.
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