Subject: Responding to your message
Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley
Dear Peace and Justice,
Thank you for sharing your views about the humanitarian crisis facing the people
of Yemen in light of the civil war. I appreciate hearing from you on this
As you may know, the ongoing civil war in Yemen began in 2015 after fighting
broke out between supporters of the sitting President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and
forces of the Houthi rebel minority, which are allied with loyalists of the
former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The rival political factions were initially
jockeying for control of the government, but the internal conflict has turned
into proxy war with regional implications. The Hadi government is supported by
Saudi Arabia and the Houthis are backed by Iran.
The conflict has led to a dire humanitarian and famine-like crisis, leaving 20
million people in need of aid. Reports of a cholera outbreak make the situation
even more urgent. This is a man-made disaster that was entirely preventable. The
Saudi government needs to immediately end its blockade and allow full access to
critical ports for the delivery of aid and commercial products.
Preventing aid from being delivered to places in need and exacerbating human
suffering is unacceptable. I have joined efforts urging the Saudi government to
end its blockade and also for nearly $1 billion in emergency aid to address
famines around the world, including in Yemen. I have also expressed deep
concerns about the bombings of civilian targets and civilian deaths. For this
reason, I co-sponsored S.J. Res. 42, a resolution that would have prevented the
sale of approximately $500 million worth of precision guided missiles to Saudi
It is important that both sides work toward a political solution to the
situation in Yemen as the Yemeni people are suffering as a result of this war.
As a member of the Senate Appropriations and Foreign Relations Committees,
please know that I am following this situation closely. As proposals to address
this situation come before the committees or full Senate for a vote, I will keep
your views in mind.
Thank you, again, for sharing you concerns with me on this important issue. I
hope you continue to send your thoughts and observations my way.
All my best,
Jeffrey A. Merkley
United States Senator
Date: Tue, 1 May 2018
Subject: Response from Senator Ron Wyden to your e-mail
Thank you for contacting me regarding the situation in Yemen. I appreciate
hearing from you on this important issue.
As you may know, a group of rebels known as the Houthis overthrew Yemen's
internationally-recognized government in 2015. Seeking to drive the Houthis
from power, a coalition of Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia launched a
military offensive and a naval blockade of Yemen. The Saudi-led war in Yemen
has been an absolute disaster: an estimated eight million people are on the
brink of famine, two million have been displaced, one million suffer from
cholera-the worst outbreak in modern history-and more than 10,000 civilians
have been killed.
Like many Oregonians, I am concerned by the ongoing violence in Yemen, the
devastating effect on the Yemeni people, and the impact on regional security. I
am also deeply concerned about American support of Saudi Arabia as part of this
conflict. These concerns led me to support bipartisan legislation in March 2018
that would have ended U.S. support to the Saudi military effort. While the
legislation did not receive enough support to move forward, I will continue
pushing the Saudis to reach a political solution to the ongoing crisis in
Yemen. I will also continue supporting humanitarian aid to help alleviate some
of the suffering in Yemen and in neighboring countries. As I do so, I will keep
your views and concerns in mind.
Again, thank you for keeping me apprised of the issues that are important to
you. If I may be of further assistance in the future, please do not hesitate to
United States Senator
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2018
From: Rep. Kurt Schrader
To: Ms. Peace and Justice Works
Subject: Thank you for writing me
Thank you very much for contacting me. Your opinions are important to me and I appreciate you
taking the time to voice your concerns and questions.
We receive correspondence from constituents in Oregon's Fifth District every day and we work
hard to respond as quickly as possible to all concerns. I can assure you that my staff and I are
always available to help.
If this is a time sensitive matter involving casework with a federal agency, please contact our Salem
office at (503) 588-9100 or our Oregon City office at (503) 557-1324. At any time, you may also
contact our Washington, DC office at (202) 225-5711.
Thank you again for contacting me.
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2018
From: Representative Suzanne Bonamici
Subject: Thank you for writing to Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici
Thank you for taking the time to contact me. I appreciate hearing from
you and I will get back to you soon with a more detailed response. In
the meantime, this email is to confirm that we have received your
Throughout my career, I have worked to improve our communities and
better the lives of Oregonians. In Congress, I am focused on growing
the economy, improving education, and addressing our changing climate.
I am honored to represent my constituents in the 1st Congressional
District, and I look forward to the ongoing work on innovative
solutions to the challenges we face.
It has been encouraging to hear from more constituents than ever before
this year. I look forward to our continued correspondence.
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