Twenty-two Congress members are now cosponsors of a bill to force the House of Representatives to vote this week on whether to continue directly participating in the war on Yemen.
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Saudi Arabia's war and blockade have pushed Yemen to the brink of famine and caused the worst cholera outbreak on record, with a million malnourished children at risk from cholera.1 Every 10 minutes a child in Yemen dies of preventable causes like malnutrition and diarrhea.2 When UNICEF's director was asked how to end Yemen's humanitarian catastrophe, he said: "Stop the war."3
The U.S. has been a direct participant in Saudi Arabia's war. In addition to arming the war, the U.S. refuels Saudi and UAE warplanes bombing Yemen;4 Saudi-UAE warplanes can't conduct their bombing of Yemen without U.S. refueling.5
Reps. Ro Khanna, Walter Jones, Mark Pocan, and Thomas Massie have introduced a bipartisan bill invoking the War Powers Resolution to force a floor vote on ending U.S. participation in Saudi Arabia's famine-producing war.
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> Katrina vanden Heuvel, Washington Post: Congress's war powers must be made a reality
> Gareth Porter, American Conservative: When Did Congress Vote to Aid the Saudi's Yemen War?
> Zaid Jilani, The Intercept: Bipartisan Group To Force Vote on U.S. Involvement in Yemen War
1. NPR: 1 Million Malnourished Children At Risk Of Cholera In Yemen
2. UNICEF: Video: Partnerships for children - UNICEF and ECHO tackling malnutrition and disease in Yemen
3. NPR, op cit.
4. The Intercept: U.S. Doubled Fuel Support for Saudi Bombing Campaign in Yemen After Deadly Strike on Funeral
Foreign Policy: From the War on al Qaeda to a Humanitarian Catastrophe: How the U.S. Got Dragged Into Yemen
5. NPR: Yemen Now Faces 'The Worst Cholera Outbreak In The World,' U.N. Says