Calls to Congress are one of the most effective forms of engagement. You can reach the Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.3121.
When calling your Senators and U.S. Representative, it is helpful to have your talking points drafted in advance. We have included talking points below to help guide your calls. Have suggestions for other talking points we should include? Email us at info@ResponsibleForeignPolicy.org and we will review your suggestions.
Talking Points for Speaking with Congress:
- Congress has a constitutional responsibility to oversee our military’s engagement.
- Under the Constitution, only Congress can declare war. The president can respond to attacks and repel invasions, but the declaration of war is strictly a congressional duty.
- Yemen’s civil war involves factions aligned with the Sunni-dominated government and the Shiite minority. The population of Yemen is roughly 28 million — with roughly 56% Sunni Muslim and 44% Shiite Muslim.
- The Saudi government supports the Sunni side with airstrikes and other military operations, while Iran provides some assistance to the Shiite side.
- The United States, without congressional consent or oversight, is assisting Saudi Arabia with intelligence and targeting, and the United States also provides aerial refueling for Saudi military aircraft.
- There is no compelling U.S. national security interstate at stake in Yemen’s civil war.
- It is time for Congress to assert its constitutional duty, as spelled out in Article I of the Constitution, and end the illegal U.S. involvement in Yemen.
Sample Language for the Conversation with your Senator’s Office:
“I am a constituent of Senator _______________ and I am calling to ask [him/her] to support S.J.Res. 54 to stop U.S. military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. Over eight million people are facing famine as the result of my tax dollars supporting the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen’s civil war. As your constituent, I urge you to cosponsor and vote YES on S.J.Res. 54, the Sanders-Lee resolution to ensure that our nation stops causing suffering in a country already devastated by conflict, cholera, and famine. Thank you.”