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Tell Your Senators to Cosponsor SJ Res 39 - Disapproval of $1.15 Bn in New Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia
We Can Stop This Sale!
On Friday, Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Al Franken (D-MN), and Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced a joint resolution of disapproval to block the U.S. sale of Abrams tanks and associated major defense articles to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Pentagon announced the proposed sale, totaling $1.15 billion, in August.
We are asking you to call your Senators today and tell them that you support this resolution and ask them to join as cosponsors. The Senate will vote on this measure later this month. While emails are good, a phone call gets 10 times the attention of an email. This is so important that we will pay for your phone call to their Washington, DC offices. Just click on the link and enter your information including your phone number; we will call you and then patch you through to both of your Senators.
“Selling $1.15 billion in tanks, guns, ammunition, and more to a country with a poor human rights record embroiled in a bitter war is a recipe for disaster and an escalation of an ongoing arms race in the region,”said Sen. Paul.
“Saudi Arabia is an important partner, but their war in Yemen, funded by the U.S., has become a disaster that is making our country less safe every day,” said Sen. Murphy. “Thousands of civilians are being killed, and terrorist groups inside the country, like al Qaeda and ISIS, are getting stronger. Until the Saudis conduct changes, the U.S. should put a pause on further arms sales."
“The Obama Administration has recently offered over a billion dollars in weaponry to Saudi Arabia, and I think it’s in America’s best interest to call a timeout on this sale,” said Sen. Franken. “In Yemen, a Saudi coalition of fighters is unjustly killing civilians while at the same time not doing enough to address terrorism. This is dangerous for the Middle East, for our other allies, and for our nation, which is why I’m helping to introduce this bipartisan resolution.”
Please call your Senators and ask them to cosponsor SJ Res 39; we have recorded voice instructions that will walk you through every step of the way. If you have a phone (home or mobile) it works. Remember we will call you so it's a free call. And remember to share this Alert with your friends and neighbors.
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