U.S. military and financial participation in Yemen’s civil war is contributing to what the United Nations calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in 100 years. The Senate passed a resolution to end U.S. support for the war. The new Democratic-controlled House will take up the measure in January. Thank Collins and King for their support of S.J. Res. 54 and ask Pingree and Rep-Elect Golden to support the measure in January.
Three years of war in Yemen between Shiite Houthis and a Saudi-led Sunni coalition backed by the U.S., Great Britain, and France has resulted in what the United Nations is calling the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Since the conflict began, nearly 7,000 civilians have been killed, more than 10,700 injured, and an estimated 85,000 children under the age of 5 have died from starvation. Three million Yemenis have been displaced, 14 million civilians—half the country’s population—are on the brink of famine, and a cholera outbreak is affecting 1.2 million people. Yemen, already the poorest country in the region, now has 27 million people requiring emergency aid while 8 million are currently at risk of starvation. Fighting in the port city of Hodeida—the entry point for 75% of the country’s food imports and international aid—coupled with Saudi Arabian sanctions and blockades have slowed or blocked the transport of humanitarian aid.
The Senate has passed a bipartisan resolution, SJ.Res.54, which would permanently end all U.S. support of the Saudi-led coalition waging the war in Yemen, cleared a procedural hurdle last week (with support by Collins and King). The Republican-controlled House refused to hold a vote on the resolution, but Democrats have pledged to make it a first order of business when Democrats take over the House majority in January.
The Senate also passed a resolution naming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as “responsible” for U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s slaying. The resolution, which passed with a voice vote with both senators Collins and King voting in favor, followed a briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel.
Learn more about the background of the war in Yemen HERE.
- Call Rep. Pingree and Rep-Elect Golden and tell them vote YES on S.J. Res. 54 when the House returns in January.
- Thank senators King and Collins for their votes on S.J. Res. 54 and the Khashoggi resolution.
- Support humanitarian efforts in Yemen with a donation to Save the Children, Islamic Relief USA, or International Rescue Committee.
- Stay informed on updates regarding the conflict including the human toll and strategic news, here and here.