-Action in the House on Yemen October 2018
Rep. Ro Khanna and 32 other Representatives have a new bill (H Con Res 138) the War Powers Resolution on the U.S. role in the war on Yemen. Here's Peace Action's statement. The resolution would force a floor vote to end the unconstitutional participation of U.S. forces engaged in hostilities alongside the Saudi regime in Yemen, which have triggered the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
The introduction of H.Con.Res. 138 comes weeks after the Trump Administration defied restrictions enacted by Congress on U.S. military participation in the Saudi war by falsely certifying that the Saudi regime was making “every effort” to reduce civilian casualties resulting from its bombing campaign. Yemen’s civilian casualties have skyrocketed in recent weeks, with August being the deadliest month of 2018.
The Saudi-led coalition, with U.S. midair refueling and targeting assistance, has launched 18,000 airstrikes on Yemen since 2015, attacking hospitals, schools, water treatment plants, funerals, markets, and farms. In 2015, Foreign Policy magazine reported that the Saudi coalition’s “daily bombing campaign would not be possible without the constant presence of U.S. Air Force tanker planes refueling coalition jets.” Brookings Senior Fellow Bruce Riedel, a 30-year veteran of the CIA, argued that if the United States were to tell Saudi Arabia to stop the war, “it would end tomorrow,” and that “the Royal Saudi Air Force cannot operate without” U.S. support.
Peace Action Maine is asking members to contact ME U. S. Reps with a simple ask: "It is time for Congress to take back its constitutional power in authorizing U.S. wars. Please co-sponsor the War Powers Resolution to end the U.S. role in the war in Yemen!" Thank you!