Jan. 26, 2018. From the Peace and Justice Works (pjw.info) Iraq Affinity Group:
To Oregon’s Congressional delegation: Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader and Greg Walden and Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden:
We are writing to urge you to put an end to the US war in Yemen and support for the Saudi-led war there.
In December, all five members of Oregon’s House delegation voted to support H. Res. 599, calling for a political solution and pointing out that there is no Authorization for Use of Military Force in Yemen. That Resolution passed 366-30.
In June, both Senators voted on S. Res. 42, which called to stop the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia which allow it to continue conducting the war. Unfortunately, that Resolution failed 47-53.
You are all aware that the war in Yemen has brought about one of the worst humanitarian crises on the planet. Our group watched for many years as Iraq suffered a similar fate under sanctions and bombs– in that case, launched by a coalition led by our own country.
Jennifer Newstead, a nominee for legal advisor to the State Department, admitted that US law prohibits American assistance to countries which block the flow of humanitarian aid (Foreign Policy, December 19). Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Tim Lenderking said there is no military solution to the war in Yemen, calling instead for “aggressive diplomacy” (Al Jazeera, December 22).
Since our entire delegation has already shown its support for the people of Yemen, Peace and Justice Works calls upon all seven of you to take the following steps:
1) Make this matter a focus of any public appearances, especially media appearances.
2) Take steps to strengthen the resolutions by creating or supporting legislation (such as H. Res. 81) that would stop:
a) the flow of arms to Saudi Arabia,
b) the use of American aircraft to help refuel Saudi planes,
c) the use of US drones and ground troops (confirmed by NBC on December 20), which only add more fuel to the flames of conflict in Yemen.
3) Ensure humanitarian aid is supported financially and can find its way to the Yemeni people.
We look forward to your prompt responses.
Dan Handelman, Wayne Haythorn and other members of
Peace and Justice Works