Senate Prepares for Vote on Saudi Arms Sale

Sep 21st, 2016 | By | Category: News Posts, Featured
Democratic Senator Chris Murphy

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy

***Update: As of September 21, the Senate approved the sale of military equipment in a vote of 71 to 27 despite bipartisan efforts made by Rand Paul and Chris Murphy.

 

This week the Senate is gearing up for a vote on the joint resolution that aims to block the $1.15 billion sale of military equipment to Saudi Arabia.

Critics of the deal include Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Mike Lee, Sen. Al Franken and Sen. Chris Murphy. Much of the controversy behind the bill stems from the high number of civilian causalities in the U.S. backed, Saudi-led airstrike coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen.

In a meeting at the Center for the National Interest in Washington DC on September 19, Senators Paul and Murphy expressed their concern about Saudi conflict in Yemen.

Nazarene_Pin_Ad_300px“We are refueling the planes that are dropping the bombs, we are giving the targets and we have people positioned there helping to guide the missiles into their targets,” Sen. Paul stated. “So I think we are actively part of a war in Yemen, and I think almost no American knows that we’re involved with it.”

Murphy added: “We have to take seriously the fact that we own, in some way, shape or form, every single civilian death.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said yesterday, Tuesday September 20, he would support the proposed arms deal because Saudi Arabia is an important ally for the United States and it is important to maintain a good relationship with them.

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