@SpeakerPelosi: Rebuke #Famine5 backing Saudi war in Yemen

@SpeakerPelosi: Rebuke #Famine5 backing Saudi war in Yemen

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On Thursday, July 11, the House of Representatives voted to prohibit further unconstitutional U.S. participation in the Saudi regime’s war in Yemen when it passed the Smith-Khanna amendment to the NDAA, the bill that authorizes spending for the Pentagon. The Saudi regime’s war in Yemen has deliberately created a famine. The UN and aid groups have said that the way to stop the famine is to stop the war.

The Smith-Khanna amendment explicitly prohibits U.S. intelligence agencies from providing targeting information for Saudi-UAE airstrikes in Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress. It also blocks the transfer of spare parts for the war. If the House Democratic leadership insists on the Smith-Khanna Yemen amendment in House-Senate conference, the Smith-Khanna Yemen amendment is likely to become law, because the NDAA, which “funds the troops,” is politically difficult for the President to veto.  

Every House Democrat voted for the Smith-Khanna Yemen amendment. Except for five. They are:

Rep. Elissa Slotkin [@RepSlotkin], [MI-8, Lansing], a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

Rep. Mikie Sherrill [@RepSherrill], [NJ-11, Parsippany] a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

Rep. Jason Crow [@RepJasonCrow], [CO-6, Aurora] a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

Rep. Chrissy Houlahan [@RepHoulahan], [PA-6, Reading, West Chester] a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Rep. Abigail Spanberger: [@RepSpanberger] [VA-7, Glen Allen, Spotsylvania], a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.  

Their “national security” committee memberships show the #Famine5 are not just five random Democrats in the House. They are five Democrats who were specifically chosen by Speaker Pelosi to serve on the “national security” committees. Four of the #Famine5 are members of the Armed Services Committee, the committee of jurisdiction over the U.S. military and the bill that authorizing funding for the Pentagon. Since Speaker Pelosi put these people on these committees, Speaker Pelosi has responsibility for their actions.

Moreover, the Smith-Khanna Yemen amendment will only become law if Speaker Pelosi and her lieutenants fight for it in House-Senate conference. Since we will have to hold Speaker Pelosi accountable for the war in order to end it, we should start holding Speaker Pelosi accountable for the war now.

Urge Speaker Pelosi to rebuke the #Famine5 for voting to continue participating in the Saudi regime’s war in Yemen by signing our petition.