Last Updated on November 25, 2018.
We have a chance to end U.S. complicity in the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen.
For nearly four years, the United States has politically and militarily supported a military intervention led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the civil war in Yemen. The coalition’s destruction of schools and hospitals, indiscriminate bombing of civilians, and use of starvation as a weapon of war have helped make Yemen home to the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. The United Nations warns that up to 14 million Yemeni civilians could starve to death by the end of this year if the war does not end.
Congress has never authorized our involvement in this war, yet for years American taxpayer dollars and military assistance have fueled Yemen’s conflict and human suffering by providing mid-air refueling to coalition jets, sharing intelligence for targeting assistance, and selling weapons to the Saudi and UAE-led coalition.
We have a chance in Congress to stop our role in this massive humanitarian catastrophe and we need your help to do it.
Skip to the end of this post to find out where your Senators stand on S.J.Res.54, or read on for details on how we can win. >>
Our biggest chance to victory
Thanks to a groundswell of outreach and work by activists and elected officials mobilizing against this immoral and unconstitutional war, a bipartisan group of Senators, led by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Chris Murphy (D-CT), have announced that they will again bring to the Senate floor S.J.Res.54, legislation to end unauthorized U.S. military support for the Saudi and UAE-led intervention in Yemen. (A vote on the legislation in March narrowly failed 55-44.)
The vote is expected right after the Senate returns from its Thanksgiving recess, and could be on the floor as early as Tuesday, November 27.
In case you missed it, outgoing Speaker Paul Ryan killed our chances to consider this resolution in the House with a sketchy procedural action, so S.J.Res.54 is our best opportunity to rein in the United States’ unauthorized role and complicity in the world’s largest humanitarian crisis and push for a lasting, sustainable peace in Yemen.
Where do your Senators stand?
We have a chance to finally show the world that Yemeni civilians matter. But we are going to need your help convincing your Senators to do the right thing and vote in favor of S.J.Res. 54.
We need 51 votes to pass S.J.Res 54. Our first step is building momentum by pressuring Senators to co-sponsor S.J.Res. 54 and get on the record against U.S. military support for the Saudi and UAE-led intervention in Yemen.
Find your Senators’ names on the list below to learn where they stand, then send an email to urge them to co-sponsor S.J.Res. 54.
* = SJ.Res. 54 sponsor
+ = issued a statement (statements linked)
bolded = votes on S.J.Res. 54 from March 2018
^ = flipped (voted against ending U.S. military assistance to the coalition in March 2018)
> = Voted to advance S.J.Res.54 on Nov. 28, 2018 (i.e., FOR the “motion to discharge”)
Senators who publicly SUPPORT ending U.S. military assistance to the Saudi/UAE-led coalition in Yemen.
Senators we need to push to support S.J.Res. 54 and ending U.S. military assistance to the Saudi/UAE-led coalition in Yemen.
|Alexander, Lamar (R-TN)>||Gardner, Cory (R-CO)||Perdue, David (R-GA)|
|Barrasso, John (R-WY)||Graham, Lindsey (R-SC)>||Portman, Rob (R-OH)>|
|Blunt, Roy (R-MO)||Grassley, Charles (R-IA)||Risch, Jim (R-ID)|
|Boozman, John (R-AR)||Hatch, Orrin (R-UT)||Roberts, Pat (R-KS)|
|Burr, Richard (R-NC)||Heitkamp, Heidi (D-ND)>||Rounds, Mike (R-SD)|
|Capito, Shelley (R-WV)||Heller, Dean (R-NV)||Rubio, Marco (R-FL)|
|Cassidy, Bill (R-LA)>||Hoeven, John (R-ND)||Sasse, Ben (R-NE)|
|Coons, Chris (D-DE)>||Hyde-Smith, Cindy (R-MS)||Scott, Tim (R-SC)|
|Corker, Bob (R-TN)>||Inhofe, James (R-OK)||Shelby, Richard (R-AL)|
|Cornyn, John (R-TX)||Isakson, Johnny (R-GA)||Sullivan, Dan (R-AK)|
|Cortez Masto, Catherine (D-NV)||Johnson, Ron (R-WI)||Thune, John (R-SD)|
|Cotton, Tom (R-AR)||Jones, Doug (D-AL)||Tillis, Thom (R-NC)|
|Crapo, Michael (R-ID)||Kennedy, John (R-LA)||Toomey, Patrick (R-PA)>|
|Cruz, Ted (R-TX)||Kyl, John (R-AZ)||Whitehouse, Sheldon (D-RI)|
|Donnelly, Joe (D-IN)||Lankford, James (R-OK)||Wicker, Roger (R-MS)|
|Enzi, Michael (R-WY)||Manchin, Joe (D-WV)||Young, Todd (R-IN)>|
|Ernst, Joni (R-IA)||McConnell, Mitch (R-KY)|
|Fischer, Deb (R-NE)||Murkowski, Lisa (R-AK)>|
|Flake, Jeff (R-AZ)>||Nelson, Bill (D-FL)|