A Veto Won’t Stop Our Work for Peace in Yemen

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n April 16, President Trump vetoed S.J.Res. 7, a bipartisan resolution approved by solid majorities of the House and Senate to end U.S. military participation in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

President Trump’s veto means that the U.S. remains complicit in the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. It also circumvents Congress’s constitutional authority to decide if and when the U.S. goes to war.

Until that moment, we had held out hope that the president would see the wisdom in sending a clear message to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that their inhumane conduct in Yemen must cease. As a result of the war, an estimated 24 million Yemenis are in need of food, protection and essential basic services.

The veto will be considered by the Senate when it returns to session at the end of April. Overriding a presidential veto would require a two-thirds vote in each chamber, starting with 67 votes in the Senate.

The 54-46 vote by which the resolution originally passed included seven Republicans who joined all 45 Democrats and two Independents in support. Persuading an additional 13 Senate Republicans to break with the president will be extremely difficult, though not impossible if they hear a loud and clear message from constituents like you.

 

Tell your senators that #YemenCantWait any longer for the United States to stop fueling the senseless slaughter and starvation of innocent civilians.

 

And rest assured: even if the Senate upholds the president’s veto, FCNL’s efforts to bring peace to Yemen and end U.S. complicity in this disastrous war will not falter. There will be numerous other opportunities to end U.S. participation in the conflict and to bar further arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. With your continued support and activism, we will succeed.

 

Source: The Friends Committee on National Legislation 

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