Omar Offers Joint Resolution to Block $ 650 Million Arms Sales to Saudis

Rep. Ilhan omarIlhan OmarThe Memo: Experts Warn of New Violence Amidst Gosar Storm Legislators Who Opposed Their Parties on Infrastructure Bill T Progressives Leave Black Caucus Leader Waiting Outside Meeting MORE (D-Minn.) He filed a joint resolution on Friday aimed at blocking a US $ 650 million arms contract with Saudi Arabia authorized by the Biden administration.

The Minnesota lawmaker said she introduced the resolution in opposition to Riyadh’s offensive operations in Yemen’s civil war and the crackdown on dissidents at home and abroad.

“It is simply inconceivable to sell arms to Saudi Arabia as they continue to slaughter innocent people and starve millions in Yemen, kill and torture dissidents and support modern slavery,” Omar said in a statement.

“We should never sell weapons to human rights violators, but we certainly should not do so in the midst of a humanitarian crisis for which they are responsible. Congress has the authority to stop these sales, and we must exercise that power. “

President BidenJoe BidenBiden and Xi of China to hold virtual summit on Monday: Briahna Joy Gray reports: Biden ‘plays dumb’ with cancellation of student debt Defense and national security – Biden celebrates Veterans Day MORE ended US support for Saudi-led operations in Yemen’s civil war, but has been criticized by Democrats and human rights advocates for failing to impose more costs on Riyadh for human rights abuses in the Kingdom , including withholding of actions against the time of the Kingdom. current leader Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman for the October 2018 assassination of US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The resolution would require the approval of a two-thirds majority in both the House and the Senate.

The resolution was welcomed by the group Democracy for the Arab World Now, the organization founded by Khashoggi before his death.

“The United States should not sell arms to Saudi Arabia or other abusive governments, period. Congress should block this and other similar agreements in the future,” said Raed Jarrar, DAWN’s Director of Defense, in a statement.

The Biden administration, which has imposed sanctions on key Saudi officials linked to Khashoggi’s assassination and instituted visa bans, has described relations between Washington and Riyah as vital.

The $ 650 million arms sale approved last week is expected to include 280 missiles and 596 LAU-128 missile rail launchers, along with containers and support equipment, spare parts, government engineering and U.S. contractors. And a variety of support services, according to a statement. released by the State Department at the time.

Omar, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, responded to the announcement of the arms sale last week by reintroducing the Arms Sales Supervision Act, an effort to exert greater control in the House debate on the proposed arms sales.

The bill was reintroduced with the support of the representatives. Ted’s locationTed W. LieuPelosi Calls for Ethics, Criminal Investigations at Gosar State Department Approves First Major Saudi Arms Deal Under Biden Democrats Fear Virginia Precursor to House Beating MORE (D-Calif.) And Sara Jacobs (D-Calif.)

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