@SenatorCardin: #SaveYemen in the Budget Deal - Not Ariel

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As Congress nears its latest self-imposed deadline to avoid shutting down the non-Pentagon part of the federal government, Maryland Senator Ben Cardin is trying to sneak into the “must pass” budget deal his legislation that would abscond with the First Amendment rights of Americans to advocate the boycott of Israeli “settlements” [colonies] established deep inside the Palestinian West Bank, like the colony of Ariel, twelve miles east of the Israeli border. Cardin’s legislation seeks to permanently prevent the establishment of an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza. Cardin's bill is opposed by the ACLU and J Street on First Amendment grounds. 

On Thursday, December 13, the Senate voted 56-41 to pass the Sanders-Lee-Murphy Yemen War Powers Resolution to end unconstitutional U.S. participation in the Saudi regime’s war-famine-genocide in Yemen. The UN and aid groups have warned that if the U.S.-backed Saudi war-blockade of Yemen doesn’t end immediately, millions of human beings in Yemen could die of starvation from the Saudi blockade. Under Paul Ryan’s rule, the House is refusing to take up the Sanders-Lee-Murphy bill. Nobody disputes that the House would pass the Sanders-Lee-Murphy bill to end the Yemen war if Paul Ryan would allow the House to vote.

The budget deal could end unconstitutional U.S. participation in the Yemen war immediately by prohibiting the further use of U.S. tax dollars for unconstitutional U.S. military participation in the Saudi regime’s war.

There is no universe in which it makes the slightest bit of moral sense to even consider shielding Ariel from human rights activism in the budget deal if we’re not allowed to save Yemen in the budget deal.

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