VIDEO: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: End the Unconstitutional War in Yemen Now

September 6, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC—Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), Ro Khanna (CA-17), Adam Smith (WA-09), Mark Pocan (WI-02), Jim McGovern (MA-02), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Michael Capuano (MA-07), Yvette Clarke (NY-09), Ted Lieu (CA-33), Barbara Lee (CA-13), and Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) today announced the introduction of a House privileged resolution to remove U.S. military forces supporting Saudi Arabia's devastating war in Yemen. U.S. support of this conflict continues to fuel the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, killing over 5,000 civilians, and at least 50,000 dead as a result of mass starvation, famine and cholera outbreaks.

Watch Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s Speech on the House Floor Here

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said:

“For too long, the United States has turned a blind eye to the atrocities being committed against civilians in Yemen by the Saudi-U.S. coalition. Just last month, the Saudi-led coalition dropped a U.S.-made bomb in a devastating attack on a school bus that killed 40 children; just the latest in a long string of horrors in this genocidal war that has killed tens of thousands of Yemeni civilians, with bombs and mass starvation, creating the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

“Yet today in Yemen, our military continues to wage this interventionist war alongside Saudi Arabia, unauthorized by Congress. The time for crocodile tears and baseless platitudes is over. Enough is enough. The U.S. must end its support for Saudi Arabia, and stop waging interventionist wars that increase destruction, death, and suffering around the world, drain our resources here at home, and threaten our own national security.”

Background: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is a leading voice for peace in Congress, advocating against counterproductive, regime-change wars. She has condemned U.S. support of Saudi Arabia in the Yemen civil war, pushed for additional oversight on acquisition and cross-service agreements (Section 1271 of the FY19 NDAA), and supportedH. Con. Res. 81, a bipartisan resolution that sought to stop U.S. military participation in Saudi Arabia's war against the Houthis in Yemen, and more.

Reps. Tulsi Gabbard and Walter Jones also introducedH.Res 922, which wouldreclaim Congress’s constitutional right to declare war by:

  • Defining presidential wars not declared by Congress under Article I, section 8, clause 11 (Declare War Clause) as impeachable “high crimes and misdemeanors”
  • Prohibiting the President from perpetuating ongoing wars or supplying war materials, military troops, trainers, or advisers, military intelligence, financial support or their equivalent in association, cooperation, assistance, or common cause without first receiving congressional authorization

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