With a vote on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) resolution to end U.S. complicity in the Saudi-led assault on Yemen expected as early as Wednesday, grassroots anti-war organizations are ramping up pressure on Democratic senators who sided with the Republican majority in voting down the same measure earlier this year and demanding that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) act on his words by co-sponsoring the resolution.
“The Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, with U.S. support, has killed thousands of civilians. Over 85,000 children have died of starvation. Enough is enough,” Sanders, who introduced the bill alongside Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), declared on Tuesday. “The Senate must vote to end U.S. support for this war.”
Our support for the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen has created a humanitarian crisis. Call your Senators and tell them to support S.J. Res. 54, my bill with @SenSanders and @SenMikeLee to end U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen. pic.twitter.com/VDTHONaEpJ
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) November 27, 2018
Those Democrats are: Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Bill Nelson (Fla.), Doug Jones (Ala.), Chris Coons (Del.), Jack Reed (R.I.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.).
To see where your senator stands on Sanders’ Yemen resolution, see Win Without War’s running whip count.
“It’s long past time to end U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s devastating war in Yemen,” Peace Action wrote on Twitter. “Call your senators today at 202-224-3121 and ask them to support Senate Joint Resolution 54 to end the unauthorized U.S. role in the war.”
.@SenDougJones, please vote yes on #SJRes54 to end US military support for the Saudi-led war in #Yemen. US support is fueling the worst famine in 100 yrs, undermining our security, & was never approved by Congress. #YemenCantWait #JusticeForJamal http://www.newsweek.com/us-has-enabled-saudi-crimes-years-could-jamal-khashoggis-murder-change-1180842 …
.@SenWhitehouse, please vote yes on #SJRes54 to end the illegal US role in the Saudi-led #Yemen war. US support is prolonging the war, fueling famine, & emboldening the Saudis to kill civilians, & journalists, w/ impunity. #YemenCantWait #JusticeForJamal https://thehill.com/opinion/international/411502-trump-has-emboldened-mbs-to-act-with-impunity#.W_2TENeLHuZ.twitter …
From the ongoing war in #Yemen to the gruesome murder of #JamalKhashoggi, U.S. support for Saudi Arabia must end. Tell Congress to invoke the War Powers Act. Vote yes on S.J.RES.54. https://www.codepink.org/warpowers via @codepink
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From the ongoing war in Yemen to the gruesome murder of Jamal Khashoggi, it is imperative that Congress takes action to end U.S. support for Saudi Arabia. Tell your representatives in Congress to…
Specifically, Beavers and Ali called on Schumer to go beyond rhetorical support for Sanders’ measure by co-sponsoring it, just as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has co-sponsored Rep. Ro Khanna’s Yemen War Powers measure in the House.
“Over the past three years, the U.S.-Saudi war has triggered the world’s worst humanitarian crisis and threatens to starve to death 14 million people—half of Yemen’s population,” Beavers and Ali said. “We call on Leader Chuck Schumer to follow Pelosi’s lead and cosponsor the measure. We also demand that all Senate Democrats vote in support of S.J.Res. 54 to help avert a famine of an increasingly horrific magnitude that would leave 14 million on the brink of famine.”