The war and humanitarian crisis in Yemen continue. The United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees recently reported that, “Conflict in Yemen has left 22.2 million people, 75 per cent of the population, in need of humanitarian assistance and has created a severe protection crisis in which millions face risks to their safety and are struggling to survive. As of early 2018, Yemenis are facing multiple crises, including armed conflict, displacement, risk of famine and the outbreaks of diseases including cholera – creating the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.” The World Health Organization warned recently that the cholera epidemic that killed more than 2,000 people could flare up again.
Congress has never authorized America’s involvement in this war in Yemen, yet for almost three years the United States has fueled the conflict and the suffering of Yemeni civilians by providing mid-air refueling to coalition jets, sharing intelligence for targeting assistance, and selling weapons to the Saudi-led coalition – all assistance that is used in the coalition’s bombing campaign that has killed thousands of civilians and directly contributed to the humanitarian crisis. It’s time for the Senate to end this unauthorized war in Yemen once and for all.
As early as this week, your senators will vote on whether to continue this military support. A bipartisan resolution. S J Res 54, introduced by Sens. Bernie Sanders (VT), Chris Murphy (CT), and Mike Lee (UT), would end unauthorized U.S. military involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Because this resolution challenges U.S. involvement under the War Powers Act, the Senate is required to vote have a vote on it later this month.
Contact your Senators today! Urge them to support S J Res 54 and end US military involvement in Yemen.