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House: Use War Powers to Save A Million Yemeni Kids from Cholera & Famine

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House: Use War Powers to Save A Million Yemeni Kids from Cholera & Famine

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Petition Statement

Save Yemen from famine & stop helping Al Qaeda. Use war powers to force a vote on ending U.S. participation in the unauthorized Saudi war in Yemen.
There are currently 10,217 signatures. NEW goal - We need 15,000 signatures!

Petition Background

The Saudi-UAE war and blockade in Yemen has pushed Yemen to the brink of famine and ignited the worst cholera outbreak on record, with a million malnourished children at risk from cholera. Malnourished children, with weakened immune systems, are three times more likely to die if they contract cholera. [1] According to UNICEF, every 10 minutes at least one child in Yemen dies of preventable causes like malnutrition and diarrhea. [2] In addition to supplying weapons Saudi Arabia and the UAE are using in Yemen, the U.S. is a direct participant in the Saudi-UAE war because it refuels Saudi and UAE warplanes that are bombing Yemen. [3] The Saudi-UAE warplanes can't conduct their bombing runs without U.S. refueling. [4] UNICEF director Anthony Lake was clear when asked by The Associated Press about how to end the disaster: "Stop the war." [5]

Congress never authorized U.S. participation in the Saudi-UAE war in Yemen against the Houthi-Saleh alliance, as Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Bob Corker has acknowledged. [6] Whatever one thinks of the post-2001 U.S. war on Al Qaeda and ISIS, the Saudi-UAE war in Yemen against the Houthi-Saleh alliance is indisputably not part of that; on the contrary, the Saudis and the UAE are allied with Al Qaeda in Yemen against the Houthi-Saleh alliance [7], and the Saudi-UAE war in Yemen has strengthened Al Qaeda in Yemen, [8] as even the State Department acknowledged in a July 2017 report on terrorism. [9]

The House Republican leadership has blocked efforts to vote to end U.S. participation in the Saudi war in Yemen. But any House Member can invoke Congressional war powers to force a debate and vote on withdrawing U.S. participation from the war. [10] Seventy-six current Members of the House voted on June 3, 2011 to remove U.S. forces from the unauthorized war in Libya. [11]

Urge House Members to force a vote to withdraw U.S. participation from the Saudi war and blockade in Yemen by signing our petition.

References:
1. http://www.npr.org/2017/08/02/541181026/one-million-malnourished-children-at-risk-of-cholera-in-yemen
2. https://www.unicef.org/yemen/reallives_12051.html
3. https://theintercept.com/2017/07/13/u-s-doubled-fuel-support-for-saudi-bombing-campaign-in-yemen-after-deadly-strike-on-funeral/
4. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/06/24/534236954/yemen-now-faces-the-worst-cholera-outbreak-in-the-world-u-n-says
5. http://www.npr.org/2017/08/02/541181026/one-million-malnourished-children-at-risk-of-cholera-in-yemen
6. http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/03/congress-raise-alarm-us-confrontation-yemen-houthis.html
7. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/al-qaeda-group-leader-claims-fighting-alongside-us-backed-coalition-forces-yemen-a7713321.html
8. http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/yemen-aqap/
9. https://www.state.gov/documents/organization/272488.pdf
10. http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/report/crs/RL31185.pdf, p. CRS-9
11. http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/1776

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