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Congressman Ro Khanna

Representing the 17th District of California

REPS. KHANNA AND POCAN STATEMENT AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP CALLS ON SAUDI ARABIA TO ALLOW HUMANITARIAN AID TO FLOW INTO YEMEN

December 7, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC -- U.S. Representatives Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) released the following statement regarding President Trump’s call for Saudi Arabia to lift a crippling blockade on Yemen that has prevented food, fuel, and medicine from reaching Yemenis facing a famine.

“For months, we have watched in horror as the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, which has engulfed Yemen, has only deepened as a result of the Saudi-led war and blockade. After months of Congressional pressure, President Trump has finally issued a much-needed demand that the Saudis completely allow food, fuel, water and medicine to reach the Yemeni people.

“If the Saudis refuse this urgent call, millions of innocent people will die. And while President Trump’s words are a good starting point, Congress must take additional action to end the United States’ unauthorized military involvement in Yemen by adopting H.Con.Res.81. We must send a powerful signal that our country will no longer be complicit in the use of starvation as a tool of war. Through open and transparent congressional debate, we can end the prolonged suffering in Yemen. 

“Nowhere else on earth today is there a catastrophe that is so profound and affects so many lives, yet could be so easy to resolve: halt the bombing, end the blockade, and let food, medicine, and fuel into Yemen so that millions may live.”

 

About the Office

Congressman Khanna represents the 17th District of California, which covers communities in Silicon Valley. Visit his website at khanna.house.gov. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter @RepRoKhanna.

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