Senators Make Bipartisan Effort to Block $ 650 Million Arms Sales to Saudis

On Thursday, three senators made a bipartisan effort aimed at blocking a proposed $ 650 million arms sale to Saudi Arabia.

Sense. Rand paulRandal (Rand) Howard Paul YouTube temporarily suspends Ron Johnson’s channel for COVID-19 misinformation Fauci criticizes Paul for saying he is responsible for the COVID pandemic Republicans to challenge Biden vaccine mandate MORE (R-Ky.), Mike leeMichael (Mike) Shumway Lee On the money – Biden ends infrastructure week Senate Republicans ask colleagues to reject government spending bills without border wall funding US Added 531,000 jobs in October as the delta decreased MORE (R-Utah) and Bernie sandersBernie Sanders Defense and National Security Overnight – Presented by Boeing – Pentagon promises more transparency in airstrikes Despite promises from Democrats, expanded IRS will harass the middle class Sanders vows to oppose defense bill: ‘ We need to define our priorities well ‘MORE (I-Vt.) submitted a joint resolution disapproving of the proposed arms sale to the Middle Eastern country, pointing to its role in Yemen’s civil war.

The joint resolution seeks to block the sale of items and services, including 280 air-to-air missiles, 596 LAU-128 rail missile launchers, containers, support equipment, spare parts and spare parts, and logistical support services.

“It is necessary to send a message to Saudi Arabia that we do not approve of their war with Yemen,” Paul said in a statement. “By participating in this sale, we would not only be rewarding reprehensible behavior, but also exacerbating a humanitarian crisis in Yemen. I urge Congress and the Biden Administration to consider the possible consequences of this sale that could accelerate an arms race in the Middle East and jeopardize the security of our military technologies. ”

“As the Saudi government continues to wage its devastating war in Yemen and represses its own people, we should not reward them with more arms sales,” Sanders said in a statement.

Last week, Rep. Ilhan omarIlhan Omar Memo: Gosar Censored, But Toxic Culture Grows House Votes To Censor Gosar From Committees Evidence Of A Republican Takeover Increases: Democrats Must Act Fast MORE (D-Minn.) He submitted their own joint resolution aimed at blocking arms sales to Saudi Arabia, citing the same reasoning.

“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.

The State Department approved this $ 650 million arms sale, the first major arms deal made with Saudi Arabia during Biden’s presidency, earlier this month.

Weather President BidenJoe Biden Florida Republicans Vote To Limit Vaccine Mandates Bill Honoring 13 Service Members Killed In Afghanistan Heads To Biden’s Desk Overnight Defense And Homeland Security – Presented By Boeing – Pentagon Promises More Transparency In air strikes MORE cut US support for Saudi-led operations in Yemen’s civil war, has been criticized by Democrats and activists for failing to do more to punish civil rights abuses in the kingdom, including the 2018 assassination of the journalist. United States-based Saudi Arabian Jamal Khashoggi.

The Hill has reached out to the White House and the United States Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Washington, DC, for comment.

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