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Key step to end the killing in Yemen: Make the House vote!

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The U.S.-backed Saudi war and blockade in Yemen has caused the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, with millions of human beings on the brink of famine as a result of deliberate Saudi policy, with the worst cholera crisis in recorded history, with the sewer, water, health care, food, and education systems in collapse.

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The Saudi war and blockade could not continue without U.S. participation and support: U.S. refueling of Saudi warplanes, U.S. targeting information, U.S. weapons, U.S. diplomatic cover at the United Nations. But in violation of the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution, U.S. participation continues, even though it was never authorized by Congress and would remain illegal under the United Nations Charter even if it were.

In order to defeat the Sanders-Lee-Murphy resolution in the Senate to end unconstitutional U.S. participation, Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis promised that the U.S. would work to end the war. But apparently that was a lie. The war continues, and the Saudi attacks on civilians continue. On April 22, at least 20 people attending a wedding party in northern Yemen, including the bride and several children, were reported to have been killed by a U.S.-assisted Saudi air strike.

The Senate has had an up-or-down recorded vote on U.S. participation in the war. But the House has not.

Urge your Representatives to insist on a recorded floor vote on ending unconstitutional, illegal, immoral, counterproductive U.S. participation in the catastrophic Saudi war in Yemen by signing our petition.

Here is the petition wording:

In May, Representatives who oppose unconstitutional war must use consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act and the Department of Defense Appropriation to force floor votes on ending unconstitutional U.S. participation in the catastrophic Saudi war in Yemen. If the House leadership does not allow such votes, Representatives who oppose unconstitutional war must invoke the War Powers Resolution to force a floor vote on ending the unconstitutional war.

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