To: Rep. Tom Cole (OK-4) and Rep. Michael Burgess (TX-26)

@TomColeOK04, @MichaelCBurgess: Allow House votes on ending U.S. aid to Saudi war in Yemen

Use your Rules posts to allow House votes on ending U.S. aid to the Saudi war in Yemen.

Why is this important?

This week the House is considering amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act. The House Rules Committee will decide which amendments will get House floor votes. Amendments have been offered which would end U.S. refueling of Saudi warplanes bombing Yemen [1], ban the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia [2], and block U.S. weapons transfers to Saudi Arabia until it ends its blockade that is pushing Yemen into famine. [3]

Representative Tom Cole [R-OK-4] is Vice-Chair of the House Rules Committee. [4] Rep. Cole has been outspoken on the need for Congress to debate and vote on matters of war and peace. Rep. Cole has been an outspoken supporter of the Barbara Lee [D-CA] amendment to sunset the 2001 authorization of the use of force to compel the House leadership to allow a debate and vote on a new AUMF. [5]

Representative Michael Burgess [R-TX-26] is another Republican member of the House Rules Committee. [6] A doctor, he was the only Republican member of the Rules Committee who voted last year to bar the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. [7]

Urge Rep. Cole and Rep. Burgess to use their positions on the House Rules Committee to allow House votes on ending U.S. participation in the Saudi war in Yemen by signing our petition.

References:
1.http://www.rules.house.gov/amendments/Khanna_001_xml76171528582858.pdf
2.http://www.rules.house.gov/amendments/AMASH_011_xml77171056555655.pdf
3.http://www.rules.house.gov/amendments/KHANNA_002_xml76171529362936.pdf
4.https://rules.house.gov/committee-rules-members
5.https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/support-protect-repbarbarale?r_by=1135580
6.https://rules.house.gov/committee-rules-members
7.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/obama-heeding-close-house_b_10516480.html

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