To: The United States Senate

Saudi-Yemen War-Famine Senate Vote: Praise & Protest

We thank 47 Senators who voted against Trump's Saudi arms deal. We're very disappointed with 53 who voted for Saudi-imposed famine in Yemen.

Why is this important?

On June 13, 2017, the Senate narrowly failed to vote against Trump's Saudi arms deal, reflecting "mounting concern over the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen’s war," according to the New York Times. "Nearly half of the U.S. Senate sent an overwhelmingly clear message to Riyadh that ... it needs to stop killing civilians in Yemen," Human Rights Watch said. [1]

The vote was 47-53, with 43 Democrats and 4 Republicans voting against Saudi Arabia and 48 Republicans and five Democrats voting in favor of Saudi Arabia. The Republicans voting against Saudi Arabia's imposition of famine in Yemen were Heller (R-NV), Lee (R-UT), Paul (R-KY), and Young (R-IN). The Democrats voting in favor of Saudi Arabia's imposition of famine in Yemen were Donnelly (D-IN), Manchin (D-WV), McCaskill (D-MO), Nelson (D-FL), and Warner (D-VA). Special criticism goes to Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who, while Republican, pretends to care about human rights. Yet Rubio voted to support Saudi Arabia's imposition of famine in Yemen. [2] Special praise goes to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who excoriated Saudi Arabia's export of extremist ideology in a strong speech on the Senate floor. [3]

"Praise and protest" your Senators by signing and sharing our petition.

Then call your Senators at 1-855-68-NO-WAR [1-855-686-6927]. If they voted against Saudi Arabia, say: "I thank the Senator for voting against Saudi Arabia's imposition of famine in Yemen." If they voted in favor of Saudi Arabia, you can say : "I'm very disappointed with the Senator for voting to support Saudi Arabia's imposition of famine in Yemen." When you've made your calls, report them here. [4]

References:
1. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/13/world/middleeast/trump-weapons-saudi-arabia.html
2.
https://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=115&session=1&vote=00143
3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqbebpDHCnE
4. http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/call-in-praise-protest-senate-saudi-famine

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Reasons for signing

  • I want to save all of those suffering in Yemen 🇾🇪. I want to do my part to help them have a better life, get them out of the life of constant war.
  • This is a serious act where we need to protect those who need it
  • It’s what needs to be done