VoteVets Cheers Passage of Yemen Resolution

Veterans Group Had Been Lobbying for Passage of Clean Measure

 Washington, DC - VoteVets, the largest progressive group of veterans in America, with over 600,000 veterans, military families, and civilian supporters, is cheering the House passage of a resolution to end US support for the war in Yemen. Those opposed to the bill had tried to derail it, using a procedural measure called a Motion to Recommit, which would have allowed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to refuse to bring the bill up for another vote, once the modified bill reached the Senate.  The "clean" resolution cannot be blocked from going to Donald Trump.

Jon Soltz, Chair of VoteVets, and an Iraq War veteran, released the following:

“The House passage of a clean Yemen bill is a crucial step forward.This will now go to Donald Trump’s desk, and he must sign it. The reason VoteVets was so active in lobbying against the Motion to Recommit is that there can be no distractions, no side debates, and no attempts to use procedure to kill what is a bill of utmost importance.  

The unauthorized US support for the Saudi’s illegal war in Yemen must end. This is as much about our national security, as it is about our humanity.  War is hell.  As veterans, we know that from first-hand experience.  But there is also a difference between war and indiscriminate slaughter.  The war on Yemen is the latter.  It cannot, and must not, continue with US support.”

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