Hurd, Cotton Lead Effort for Congress to Condemn the Houthi Movement in Yemen

June 27, 2019
Press Release
“The United States will not stand idly by while Iran exacerbates the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.”

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) and Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) joined forces to introduce concurrent resolutions in the House and Senate condemning the Houthi movement in Yemen for human rights violations, violence against civilians and its ties to Iran. Hurd was joined by House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Michael McCaul (TX-10) to introduce the concurrent resolution in the House.


In his op-ed for the Wall Street Journal this week, Hurd called for Congress to pass this resolution as a first step to send a clear message to the region that the United States will not stand idly by while Iran exacerbates the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.


“The U.S. must remain clear-eyed about the threat to millions of innocent people and the security of the region posed by the Houthis and their backers in Tehran,” said Hurd. “I am proud to stand with my colleagues to introduce this resolution that condemns the Houthis for their blatant disregard for human rights and innocent life and supports the efforts of the UN Special Envoy to end the Yemeni Civil War.”


“The Houthi rebels have plunged Yemen into a brutal civil war at the bidding of Iran’s ayatollahs. The United States ought to formally condemn the Houthis for their terrorist attacks on American sailors and innocent civilians. By their actions, the Houthis condemn themselves as terrorists and outlaws from the civilized world.” Senator Tom Cotton


“With the full support and financial backing of Iran, the Houthi rebels five years ago overthrew the legitimate government of Yemen, kicking off a civil war and humanitarian crisis that continues to rage today. The Houthi rebels have fired upon U.S. Navy ships, endangered American civilians, threatened our allies, and committed widespread human rights abuses against their own people. The Houthis pose an ongoing threat to global commerce and freedom of navigation. In the past month alone, the Houthis have launched numerous attacks against our strategic partners resulting in at least one fatality and dozens wounded.  The Yemeni people, who have endured this strife for far too long, are in need of relief. I am proud to support this resolution to stand with the Yemeni people, protect American security interests, and call out Iran for capitalizing on these atrocities.” Lead Republican McCaul


The resolution would:

  • Condemn the Houthis for a series of documented violations of human rights and attacks on commercial shipping, U.S. warships, and civilians in both Yemen and Saudi Arabia;
  • Express concern about Iranian influence in Yemen;
  • Urge the Houthis and other parties in the Yemeni Civil War to uphold the terms of the December 2018 Stockholm agreement; and,
  • Urge the U.S. government to support a peace process that ends the civil war and humanitarian crisis while preventing Iran and terrorist groups, like al-Qaida and ISIS, from gaining a permanent foothold on the Arabian Peninsula.


The resolution also highlights a series of nefarious actions by the Houthis against the Yemeni people, Saudi civilians, the U.S. military and others, including:

  • The launch of multiple cruise missiles at U.S. Navy warships in international waters in October 2016;
  • The shooting down of a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone over Yemen on June 6;
  • Attacks in 2018 on Saudi oil tankers and a wheat ship in the Red Sea and Bab-el-Mandeb Strait;
  • The Houthis’ extensive use of land mines, which has killed and maimed hundreds of civilians and cut off entire communities from their crops, clean water, and humanitarian aid;
  • The continued imprisonment of 16 journalists, including 10 who could be executed following years of torture and starvation; and,
  • Two missile and drone attacks in June 2019 that killed 1 civilian and injured 47 others at Abha International Airport in southern Saudi Arabia.


The full text of the resolution can be found, here.