three senators on Thursday made a two-pronged push aimed at blocking a proposed $650 million arms sale to Saudi Arabia.
Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard Paul YouTube Temporarily Suspends Ron Johnson’s Channel over Disinformation COVID-19 Fauci explodes Paul for say he is responsible for COVID pandemic Republicans to challenge Biden Vaccine Mandate MORE (R-Ky.), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeOn The Money — Biden caps off infrastructure week Senate Republicans call on colleagues reject government issuing bills without borders wall US funding added 531,000 jobs in October as delta eased MORE (R-Utah) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Pentagon Promises more Airstrike transparency Despite Democrats’ promises, an expanded IRS will harass the middle class. Sanders vows to resist defense account: ‘We need to get our priorities right’ MORE (I-Vt.) submitted a joint resolution disapproving of the proposed arms sales to the country in the Middle East, pointing to its role in civil war in Yemen.
The joint resolution aims to block sales of items and services including 280 air-until-air missiles, 596 LAU-128 Missile Rail Launchers, containers, support equipment, spare and repair parts and logistics support services.
“A message should be sent to Saudi Arabia that we do not approve of their war with Yemen,’ said Paul in a statement. “By participating in this sale, we wouldn’t be alone rewarding reprehensible behavior, but also aggravate a humanitarian crisis in Yemen. I urge Congress and the Biden administration to possible effects of this sale die could accelerate a weapon race in the Middle East and security in endanger of U.S military technologies.”
“If the Saudi government continues to wage its devastating war in Yemen and its own oppression people, we should not be rewarding them with more arms sales,” Sanders said in a statement.
Last week, Rep. Ilhan OmariIlhan OmarThe Memo: Gosar Censored, But Toxic Culture Grows Home votes to censor Gosar and fire him from commissions Evidence? for a GOP takeover is on the rise – Democrats must act fast MORE (D-Min.) introduced its own joint resolution aimed at blocking sales of weapons to Saudi Arabia, met the same reasoning.
“It’s just unscrupulous to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia as they go on” met the slaughter of the innocent” people and starve millions in Yemen, kill and torture dissidents, and support modern slavery,” said Omar in a statement.
The State Department Approved This $650 Million Arms Sale first big arms deal made with Saudi Arabia during Biden’s presidency earlier this month.
While President BidenJoe Biden, Florida Republicans vote to limit vaccine mandates Bill honoring 13 soldiers killed in Afghanistan goes to Biden’s bureau Overnight Defense & National Security – Presented by Boeing – Pentagon Promises more air raid transparency MORE cut off U.S support for Saudi-led operations in civil war in Yemen, he has been criticized by Democrats and activists for do not more to punish civil rights violations in the kingdom, including the 2018 killing of The in US-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The hill has reached out to the White House and the US Embassy of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Washington D.C., for comment.
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