Tell Speaker Pelosi: Stop arms sales for the war in Yemen
The conflict in Yemen has killed innocent civilians, destroyed health clinics, schools, factories, farms, and precipitated a severe cholera epidemic. Today, it is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.
You can help end this conflict: Tell Speaker Pelosi that the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) MUST include 1099X, the yearlong ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
As many as 16,000 civilians have died, as many of 2,000 of those from cholera alone. A serious financial crisis and an embargo has limited fuel and food imports. Nearly 16 million Yemenis don't know where their next meal is coming from. Children in particular are among the most vulnerable—more than one million children are malnourished, and the UN estimates a child dies every 10 minutes in Yemen.
Despite the magnitude of suffering in Yemen, this year President Trump bypassed Congress and sold an additional 22 arms deals worth $8 billion to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. However, if an arms ban is included in the NDAA, Congress can still block these sales from moving forward.
It's urgent that you call Speaker Pelosi now and tell her to KEEP 1099X, the ban on arms sales to the war in Yemen, in the FY20 NDAA. Members of Congress will finalize the NDAA this September, and it is urgent that Speaker Pelosi stands firm in saying that the US will stop fueling the deadly war.
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