60 Members of Congress Attempt to Delay Saudi Arms Deal

Aug 30th, 2016 | By | Category: News Posts
President Obama bows before the tyrant monster who rules Saudi Arabia

Obama bows to Saudi King.

In a bipartisan effort, 60 members from both chambers of Congress signed a letter addressed to President Obama to delay his administration’s planned sale of $1.15 billion in arms and military equipment to Riyadh.

In the letter, lawmakers quoted the number of civilian casualties, which continues to grow, in Yemen caused by the Saudi-led coalitions and the presidential administration’s failure to keep Saudi Arabia in check.

Foreign Policy Magazine obtained a draft of the letter, “the military campaign has had a deeply troubling impact on civilians… Just in the last several days, a Saudi airstrike on a school in Yemen killed 10 children- some as young as 6 years-old- and a Saudi airstrike on an MSF hospital in Yemen killed 11 people.”

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Co-signers of the letter, which is to be delivered to President Obama today, include Reps. Ted Lieu (D-California), Justin Amash (R-Michigan), Jerrold Nadler (D- New York), Chris Van Hollen (D- Maryland), Ted Yoho (R-Florida) and Jared Polis (D- Colorado).

Earlier this month, Senator Rand Paul also expressed his opposition to the proposed deal saying, “I will work with a bipartisan coalition to explore forcing a vote on blocking this sale. Saudi Arabia is an unreliable ally with a poor human rights record. We should not rush to sell them advanced arms and promote an arms race in the Middle East.”

Nazarene_Pin_Ad_300pxThe proposed sale with Saudi Arabia, which was approved by the State Department on August 9, includes more than 150 tanks, ammunition, machine guns, and other military supplies and equipment. While Congress has 30 days to block the sale, the letter shows the lawmakers’ frustration that the notice of the sale came during Congress’s summer recess. The letter reads “any decision to sell more arms to Saudi Arabia should be given adequate time for full deliberation by Congress… We are concerned, however, that the timing of this notification during the August congressional recess could be interpreted to mean that Congress has little time to consider the arms deal when it returns from recess within the 30-day window established by law.”

Saudi Arabia has hired hundreds of mercenaries to fight against the Houthi forces in Yemen. The kingdom has hired Somalis, members of Sudanese tribes, Europeans, Americans and Colombians known as a group called Blackwater, which includes 400 people. More recently, the Saudi regime hired 400 mercenaries from Aden and Hadhramaut to fight the Houthi in south Yemen.

 

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