Tell Democratic leadership to support the Bowman/Khanna amendments to end endless wars in Yemen and Syria!

House Rules Chair Rep. Jim McGovern and HFAC Chair Rep. Greg Meeks

We have two major opportunities to continue to roll back the endless wars this week and we need you to help make it a reality!

Rep. Ro Khanna has introduced a critical amendment to the defense policy bill (known as the NDAA) that would finally end ALL U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition that has caused mass death in Yemen through their airstrikes and the blockade of Yemen’s land, air, and sea ports. Passing this amendment could finally stop the Saudi war planes — which rely on ongoing U.S. support — from continuing to bomb Yemen and enforce the blockade that is the leading cause of starvation in Yemen. The head of the World Food Program says 400,000 Yemeni children under 5 will die this year and has pleaded for the US to end the blockade, but the Biden administration has not kept its promise to end U.S. participation in the war.

Freshman Rep. Jamaal Bowman — who defeated notorious hawk Eliot Engel — has introduced an amendment that requires troops to be withdrawn from Trump’s unauthorized mission in Syria unless Congress votes to authorize it, as required by the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution of 1973. (The last time the White House wanted to go to war in Syria, Congress refused to support intervention in Syria after public opinion overwhelmingly opposed a new war.) The American people have a right to know whether their member of Congress supports war and occupation abroad or wants to focus on rebuilding at home. The U.S. occupation of the breadbasket of Syria is a major cause of the food crisis that the World Food Program says has left 12.4 million Syrians food insecure—nearly 60 percent of the population—an increase of 4.5 million people in just the last year and has resulted in dangerous confrontations with Russia and the Syrian government that risked spiraling into a wider war.

Two key members have a leading role in whether these amendments can pass the House of Representatives: Rep. Jim McGovern, a longtime progressive who now chairs the powerful Rules Committee, and Rep. Greg Meeks, who chairs the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee. We need them to co-sponsor these amendments and to ensure that they get a vote on the floor of the House.

If they don’t hear from people like you, there are some indications that Meeks and McGovern will quietly try to undermine or block these lifesaving amendments.

Sign our petition below and share it on Facebook and Twitter. (You can also retweet Jamaal Bowman’s tweet here).
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To: House Rules Chair Rep. Jim McGovern and HFAC Chair Rep. Greg Meeks
From: [Your Name]

Dear Chairman McGovern and Chairman Meeks,

We urge you to cosponsor the critical amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act, led by Rep. Ro Khanna and Rep. Jamaal Bowman to defend the Constitution and end U.S. military activities in Yemen and Syria that were never authorized by Congress and have caused mass death and destruction.

These amendments must receive a vote on the floor of the House. We are counting on you to use your powerful positions to ensure that the American people are allowed to know where their Representatives stand on crucial matters of war and peace.

It is time to end these failed and unconstitutional policies — maintained illegally by Trump — and begin to create a constitutional and just foreign policy for our nation.