Urge the Senate not to Abandon Americans Stuck in Yemen as they Vote the Senate Version of the NDAA by 4pm Today!
Washington, D.C. | www.adc.org | June 18, 2015 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) urges the U.S. Senate not to abandon the thousands of Americans who are stuck in Yemen as they vote on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016 (S. 1376) today.
Take Action: Tell your Senators not to abandon Americans stuck in Yemen!
ADC is deeply concerned that the current version of the Senate NDAA reverses progress made by the House version of the bill (H.R. 1735). The House version of the NDAA contained crucial language to authorize the evacuation of the American Citizens trapped in Yemen. The Senate version of the bill, scheduled to reach the floor today, ignores the thousands of Americans who are stuck in Yemen.
More troubling is the fact that Section 1207 of the Senate bill can be interpreted as prohibiting our government from helping to evacuate Americans trapped in Houthi controlled areas in Yemen. By contrast, the House version of the NDAA bill supported the President taking action and using resources to evacuate U.S. citizens trapped in Yemen as a result of the ongoing armed conflict.
The Senate Bill will also complicate the dismantling of the U.S. detainment center at Guantanamo Bay. It limits the availability of funding that would have facilitated the transfer of prisoners off the Cuban base. These new roadblocks jeopardize the 2017 deadline for the closure of Guantanamo.
Take Action: Click here to contact your Senators by 4pm today and urge them not to abandon the thousands of Americans who are stuck in Yemen!
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