The passage of this bill is a clear warning that US patience with the war in Yemen is wearing thin.
Oxfam thanks Senators Young, Shaheen, and Murphy, along with Chairman Corker and Ranking Member Menendez for working in a thoughtful, bipartisan manner to shift the US government away from a policy of unconditional and unlimited support to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in order to address the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
This measure holds the State Department accountable to monitor and certify that Saudi Arabia is making real efforts to reach a peaceful resolution in Yemen and to limit its role in the humanitarian crisis by letting more vital goods like food, fuel and medicine into the country, and avoiding civilian targets in its strikes.
Should this measure be signed into law, the Trump administration’s assessment of Saudi Arabia’s actions must be thorough, transparent, and rigorous. Above all, it must reflect the voice of the Yemeni people, who are urgently calling for peace and accountability from all parties.