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The Trump administration’s certification Wednesday that Saudi Arabia and its allies are taking steps to protect civilian lives in Yemen drew an avalanche of denunciations from Congress and human rights groups, which called the claim a “farce” intended to distance the US from mounting civilian casualties.
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Congressman Ken Calvert (R-CA) announced the creation of the California Aerospace Caucus. The Caucus will provide educational opportunities and information on matters affecting the aerospace industry and the implications for California’s economy. The caucus will promote outreach to the aerospace community, local stakeholders and constituents and work on legislative actions that support California’s aerospace industry and workers.
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted Lieu (D-Los Angeles) and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) introduced the bipartisan U.S.-Israel Directed Energy Cooperation Act. The legislation authorizes the Department of Defense to carry out bilateral cooperation with Israel to develop directed energy capabilities that address threats to both nations.
Upon introduction, Rep. Lieu said:
Last week was a bad week for President Donald Trump. Special counsel Robert Mueller secured a guilty verdict against Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, while his former lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty in the Southern District of New York to eight counts of campaign finance violations, tax fraud and bank fraud.
LOS ANGELES – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) sent a letter to the Department of Defense Inspector General calling for an investigation into whether U.S. personnel supporting Saudi and Emeriti coalition operations in Yemen are violating DoD regulations, the Law of Armed Conflict, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, federal statutes or international law.
Lawmakers increased pressure on the Trump administration over the war in Yemen this week after an airstrike killed dozens of children, urging officials to explain and possibly adjust U.S. support for nations waging war against rebels there.
Democratic members of the House and Senate sent three letters in as many days to administration officials, asking for an accounting of U.S. involvement in a conflict critics say has exposed Washington to claims of responsibility for thousands of civilian deaths.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) announces the passage of a Yemen oversight provision, which he originally introduced as an amendment with Representative Ted Yoho, in the final 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Sec. 1290 requires the White House to certify to Congress that the Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates led military Coalition is making a good faith effort to avoid civilian casualties, support diplomatic efforts and take measures to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) introduced a resolution condemning Vladimir Putin’s attack on United States officials with Reps. Walter B. Jones (R-NC) and Joaquin Castro (D-TX). The bipartisan resolution underscores the importance of defending U.S. officials from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s threats and emphasizes the U.S.’s commitment to combating Russia’s harmful attacks on our democracy.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressmen Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Ted Yoho (R-FL) sent a letter to Senate and House Armed Services Committee leaders to express support for a National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) provision that would establish certification requirements for U.S. assistance to Gulf partners operating in Yemen. The Senate version of the NDAA included Section 1266 (Certifications Regarding Actions by Saudi Arabia in Yemen), which was based on bipartisan legislation reported favorably by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in May 2018.
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Congresswoman Kathleen Rice (D-NY) issued the following statement after the FBI charged Russian national Mariia Butina with being an unregistered foreign agent. The FBI alleges that Butina attempted to establish a back channel of communication with American politicians, and allegedly used the National Rifle Association (NRA) as a conduit. In May, Reps.