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Senate heads toward showdown vote on Saudi weapons sale

Senate heads toward showdown vote on Saudi weapons sale

Earlier in May, the White House announced that the United States has sealed an arms deal worth Dollars 350 billion with Saudi Arabia, when President Trump began an official visit to the Muslim-majority nation.

The bipartisan effort to block Trump's arms deal is lead by Sens.

Paul and Murphy likewise partnered up in 2016 to block a $1.15 billion weapons deal the Obama administration had arranged with Saudi Arabia, but lost the vote 27-71.

Schumer made the comments in a statement on Monday, saying that he will throw his support behind the measure up in the Senate as early as this week because of the Arab country's weak human rights record and support of terrorism.

The resolution of disapproval was co-sponsored by Sens. The vote was as expected far closer than previous ones on previous arms deals, failing with just a 47-53 margin.

Paul and Murphy say they're objecting to this arms sale because the precision-guided bombs are being used in the Yemeni civil war to target civilians. "Saudi Arabia is not a reliable ally".




Nonetheless, the resolution's supporters argue that if the measure receives backing from a substantial number of senators, it could send a message to Riyadh and its allies, particularly in regards to the conflict in Yemen, that USA support for Saudi Arabia in the conflict is not unconditional. "Thousands of civilians are being killed in the USA -backed Saudi war in Yemen while terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS are getting stronger by the day", Murphy explained. Our nationwide network will be urging members of Congress to continue to press the Trump administration, the Saudi government and the world to end to the war and starvation, and to pursue a peaceful, diplomatic solution to the crisis in Yemen. We must also pause and ask ourselves, does providing additional weapons to the Saudis make Israel safer or more unsafe in the long run?

Last year's resolution, sponsored like this one by Paul, Chris Murphy (D-Ct.), and Al Franken (D-Minn.), sought to disapprove the sale of Abrams tanks and other arms to Saudi Arabia.

"Despite increased U.S. support in the form of training and smarter weaponry to lessen civilian casualties, it has become clear that several unaddressed flaws in Saudi Arabia's targeting process, not the precision of the munition or targeting skill, are the principal cause of harm", read a letter signed by Oxfam and 40 other humanitarian groups and sent to every member of the U.S. Senate. "Why would we give weapons to a country that's funding ISIS?"

The Senate, which rejected Paul's plan on Tuesday, should have finally told the Saudis no more support until they stop the abuses. "Saudi airstrikes have completely destroyed Yemen with USA -sold weapons", said Kate Kizer, from the Yemen Peace Project, one of the activist groups leading the effort.

"This is one of those things you're cutting your nose off to spite your face, and I think some are doing it because it's something Trump is proposing", Corker added.

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