CONGRESS: END YEMEN WAR AND PUNISH KHASHOGGI’S MURDERERS

The horrific assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and Trump’s refusal to permit CIA Director to brief Senate about Saudi Crown Prince’s responsibility, so angered Senators that they took first procedural step to pass Yemen War Powers Resolution (S.J.Res.54), extricating US from Saudi-led war in Yemen.

For past three years, US supported this war by providing bombs, refueling planes, assisting with intelligence. Despite putting 14 million at risk of famine and causing hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths, mass starvation, and the world’s worst cholera outbreak, GOP leadership prevented Congress from withdrawing this support.

The War Powers Resolution would suspend weapons sales and end US military involvement in Yemen—limiting Saudi capacity to kill defenseless civilians—and show Saudis their reprehensible human rights record won’t be tolerated.

While the new Congress must hold hearings on Khashoggi’s murder, we cannot wait months to pass the Resolution—during which time American weapons and assistance will cause starvation and the murder of millions of children and civilians.

There can be no Congressional backsliding. Congress must reclaim its war powers and end our unconstitutional complicity in war in Yemen by immediately passing S.J.Res.54/H.Con.Res.138—either alone or in continuing budget resolution.

ACTION ONE: CALL YOUR SENATORS
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR MERKLEY AND WYDEN:

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“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because I’m aghast that our government continues to support Saudi Arabia after its assassination of Jamal Khashoggi and is actively assisting in the Saudi-led atrocities committed in Yemen. I want to thank Senator [–] for co-sponsoring the Yemen War Powers Resolution (S.J.Res.54) and ask that (1) he work to ensure its quick passage—either alone or as part of the continuing budget resolution, and (2) he insist any budget deal prohibit further US participation in this Saudi-led war. Thank you.”

ACTION TWO: CALL YOUR HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES

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SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR REPRESENTATIVES BONAMICI, BLUMENAUER AND DEFAZIO:

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“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because I’m aghast that our government continues to support Saudi Arabia after its assassination of Jamal Khashoggi and is actively assisting in the Saudi-led atrocities committed in Yemen. Please thank Rep. [–] for co-sponsoring H.Con.Res.138 and ask [him/her] to (1) work for its immediate passage—either alone or as part of the continuing budget resolution, and (2) help create support in the next Congress for hearings on Khashoggi’s murder and who benefits from arms sales. Thank you.”

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR REPRESENTATIVES SCHRADER AND WALDEN:

(Leave a message if you can’t get through)

“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because I’m aghast that our government continues to support Saudi Arabia after its assassination of Jamal Khashoggi and is actively assisting in the Saudi-led atrocities committed in Yemen. I am asking the Representative to (1) work for the immediate passage of H.Con.Res.138, which suspends weapons sales and ends US military involvement in Yemen—either alone or as part of the continuing budget resolution, and (2) help create support in the next Congress for hearings on Khashoggi’s murder and who benefits from arms sales. Thank you.”

CALL Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01)

CALL BLUMENAUER (OR-03)

CALL Kurt Schrader (OR-05)