Joint Statement by Campaign for Liberty, Codepink, CREDO, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Just Foreign Policy, Peace Action, United for Peace and Justice, Win Without War, and Yemen Peace Project on House Leadership Killing Debate on U.S. Role in Yemen’s Civil War
Washington, D.C. — November 2, 2017 — On November 1, the House leadership removed the “privileged” status of H.Con.Res.81, the Khanna-Massie-Pocan-Jones resolution invoking the War Powers Resolution to end unauthorized U.S. participation in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. That privileged status, as mandated by the War Powers Resolution, would have guaranteed H.Con.Res.81 a floor vote. It is now expected that this resolution will not get a vote on the House floor this month.
Groups which led the campaign for a House floor vote on H.Con.Res.81 released the following statement in response to this action:
“We are deeply disappointed that House leadership has again prevented a debate and vote on ending U.S. participation in the famine-inducing Saudi-led war in Yemen. We remind the House leadership that under the War Powers Resolution of 1973, ‘‘introduction of United States Armed Forces’ includes the assignment of member of such armed forces to command, coordinate, participate in the movement of, or accompany the regular or irregular military forces of any foreign country or government when such military forces are engaged…’ U.S. refueling of Saudi-UAE planes bombing Houthi targets in Yemen meets that definition.
“We thank Reps. Ro Khanna, Thomas Massie, Mark Pocan, Walter Jones, and the other co-sponsors for their leadership in diligently seeking a debate and vote on the U.S. role in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. We applaud their effort for bringing unprecedented and long-overdue discussion and attention to this matter and we continue to urge Democratic and Republican Representatives to co-sponsor H.Con.Res.81.
“We call for the introduction of companion legislation to H.Con.Res.81 in the Senate. We will not rest until unauthorized U.S. participation in the famine-inducing Saudi war in Yemen has ended.”
Campaign for Liberty
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Just Foreign Policy
United for Peace and Justice
Win Without War
Yemen Peace Project
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