Calls Needed: End U.S. support for the illegal war in Yemen

 In air strikes, Saudi Arabia, Yemen

Late last week Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced an important amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill, the Pentagon’s funding bill. The amendment would cut off United States’ support for the Saudi Arabia-led war in Yemen until the Secretary of Defense can certify that the coalition’s air campaign is not violating international law and US policy related to the protection of civilians.

The crisis in Yemen is already considered the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Senator Murphy’s amendment comes in the wake of the latest tragedy – a horrific school bus attack, which killed 44 children and 10 adults and highlighted the coalition’s repeated strikes on innocent civilian targets. The bomb used in that air strike was made in the U.S.A.

Please call your senators today and urge them to co-sponsor this critical amendment.

Here’s what we need you to do:

1) Please call the Capitol Switchboard today at 202-224-3121.

2) Follow the instructions to reach your senators, and then say:

3) My name is                             , and I’m a constituent from YOUR CITY. I’m calling to urge the Senator to co-sponsor Senator Chris Murphy’s amendment to end U.S. funding for the unauthorized war in Yemen. Up to one-third of all Saudi-led coalition airstrikes hit civilian targets. I was terrified to learn that a school bus was recently attacked, using a bomb made by the U.S., killing 44 children. I would like to get a response back as to whether the senator will co-sponsor this amendment.

Speaking recently about the situation, Senator Murphy minced no words when he said “Either the Pentagon should be 100% certain that U.S. weapons and funding aren’t being used to commit war crimes in Yemen, or we should cut off U.S. support right now. 44 innocent kids are now dead, joining the thousands of other civilians who have been murdered by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.”

With Republicans in control of the Senate, it is going to be a challenge to get a vote on this amendment. That’s why it’s critical for you to contact your senators today. The more co-sponsors we can get, the more compelling it will be for leadership to allow it to the floor for a vote.

Thanks for calling your senators today!

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