A bipartisan letter calling on the president to go before Congress before taking military action in Yemen has been signed by 55 representatives. I will post the entire letter below, but the text is also available on Rep. Marc Potan’s website as well as a PDF here.

Rep. Marc Pocan (Democrat, Wisconsin 2nd district)

“Administration officials have proposed the U.S. participate directly in an attack on Yemen’s major port. Such an attack could push the country into full-blown famine, where nearly half a million children in Yemen are facing starvation. Congress is a direct line to the people and this letter is a first step in reasserting our Constitutional check on presidential powers. I am committed to pursuing all tools at our disposal to ensure President Trump abides by our Constitution before possibly plunging our country into another senseless conflict.”

Rep. Justin Amash (Republican, Michigan’s 3rd district)

“The Constitution vests in Congress the power to commence war. If the president supports our involvement in a foreign war, he must make the case to Congress and the American people.”

Rep. Ted Lieu (Democrat, California’s 33rd district)

“President Trump does not have the authority to send U.S. forces to battle the Houthis in Yemen, period. Once again, the Administration appears ready to ramp up U.S. involvement in a complicated civil war without a clear strategy in place or the necessary authorization from Congress. A unilateral decision for direct U.S. involvement in Yemen would be met by swift, bipartisan opposition.”

Though I’m not sure how bipartisan this letter can claim to be since there are only two republican signatures on it out of the 55. Of the 435 voting members of the House of Representatives, only 12% signed he letter. Five of the seats were also vacant at the time this letter was signed. The representatives from Guam and DC serve on committees, but are non-voting members. 26 states, Guam, and DC are represented in this letter. I’ll list the names of those who signed, sorted by state and district, below the letter. We’re going to need more bi-partisan efforts to make an impact.

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Democrats
Rep. Raúl Grijalva (AZ-3)
Rep. Jared Huffman (CA-2)
Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13)
Rep. Jackie Speier (CA-14)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19)
Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27)
Rep. Grace Napolitano (CA-32)
Rep. Ted Lieu (CA-33)
Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37)
Rep. Mark Takano (CA-41)
Rep. Alan Lowenthal (CA-47)
Rep. Jared Polis (CO-2)
Rep. James Himes (CT-4)
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC)
Rep. Darren Soto (FL-9)
Rep. Alcee Hastings (FL-20)
Rep. Frederica Wilson (FL-24)
Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-4)
Rep. Madeleine Z. Bordallo (Guam)
Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (HI-1)
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2)
Rep. Bobby Rush (IL-1)
Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (IL-4)
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-9)
Rep. James McGovern (MA-2)
Rep. Michael Capuano (MA-7)
Rep. Stephen Lynch (MA-8)
Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD-8)
Rep. Chellie Pingree (ME-1)
Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-12)
Rep. John Conyers Jr. (MI-13)
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (MO-5)
Rep. Tim Walz (MN-1)
Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-5)
Rep. Rick Nolan (MN-8)
Rep. Frank Pallone (NJ-6)
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12)
Rep. Yvette Clarke (NY-9)
Rep. Jerry Nadler (NY-10)
Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13)
Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-20)
Rep. Louise McIntosh Slaughter (NY-25)
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR-3)
Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-4)
Rep. Dwight Evans (PA-2)
Rep. David Cicilline (RI-1)
Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-9)
Rep. Lloyd Doggett (TX-35)
Rep. Don Beyer (VA-8)
Rep. Peter Welch (VT)
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-7)
Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-2)
Rep. Ron Kind (WI-3)

Republicans
Rep. Justin Amash (MI-3)
Rep. Walter Jones (NC-3)

Here are the committees important to stopping the US involvement in Yemen. While it doesn’t hurt to contact your local representatives on this issue, these are the committees directly involved.

For history of congress discussing the US involvement in Yemen, see the following:

 

 

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