Monday, August 9 officially marks three years since the Saudi-led coalition bombed a school bus full of Yemeni children, killing at least 40 children and injuring dozens more.
This war crime was carried out using American-made weapons, yet there’s little to no Congressional oversight over weapons sales to human rights abusers including Saudi Arabia, Israel, Egypt, and the UAE.
Over time, Congress has acquiesced to the growing, often unchecked power of the President to unilaterally determine America’s foreign policy. More than ever before, presidents are sending people into battle and using deadly drone strikes without public debate, and making major policy decisions, like massive arms sales, without congressional input.
We know that the majority of the American public wants to strictly limit weapons sales to human rights abusers and end endless wars-- but because these decisions are made in secret, there's less we can do to keep our representatives accountable! Call on Congress to pass the National Security Powers Act so we can keep them accountable!
Authorizing the use of military force and weapons sales should not remain in the hands of the executive branch where the true cost of war has become invisible to the American public. The National Security Powers Act of 2021 is the first step towards re-imagining our national security priorities by forcing Congressional authority over important matters of war and peace.
On this anniversary of a war crime carried out using American-made weapons, we need to take this first step towards accountability. Ask your representative to restore Congressional authority over matters of war and peace!
Danaka, Carley, and the CODEPINK team
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