Published: Wed, June 14, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Senate heads toward showdown vote on Saudi arms sale

Senate heads toward showdown vote on Saudi arms sale

"The Trump Administration has failed to lay out a clear policy to resolve this conflict", he said, adding that he is concerned about an expanded USA involvement in military operations in Yemen.

The Riyadh regime has maintained a policy of ambiguity regarding its casualties in the war on Yemen. Paul asked reporters. "That's the big question".

"Today's vote total would've been unthinkable not long ago", Murphy said, "but Congress is finally taking notice that Saudi Arabia is using USA munitions to deliberately hit civilian targets inside Yemen".

In a statement released after the vote, Murphy said that "a bipartisan coalition of senators just sent a major message to the Saudis", that Washington is not in lockstep with Riyadh when it comes to the war in Yemen.

"Seventeen million people in Yemen are on the verge of starvation", Paul said.

This week, they'll get that chance when the Senate votes on my resolution to stop this weapons sale.

But opponents of the deal, led by Sens. The measure was sponsored by Republican Rand Paul and three Senate Democrats.

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Rights groups expressed similar concerns.

Saudi Arabia is not alone in receiving weapons from the United States - 103 nations bought weapons from the US from 2012 to 2016.

The United States must also take into full consideration whether providing more arms to Saudi Arabia is beneficial to our ally in the region - Israel. So why, less than a year later, are we agreeing to sell Saudi Arabia billions of dollars in arms to further escalate a war that has been loudly and repeatedly condemned internationally? Human Rights Watch recorded 81 unlawful attacks in Yemen over the last two years. The Saudi-led coalition, which is supported by the United States, has been carrying out airstrikes in Yemen since March 2015, and thousands of civilians have been killed in the fighting, according to the U.N. In addition, he raised the specter of genocide in Yemen with the help of USA -supplied arms.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Monday his intention to support a Senate motion to block a part of President Donald Trump's recent arms deal with Saudi Arabia, which was signed during Trump's visit to the Islamic Republic last month. The deal, Brookings senior fellow Bruce Riedel wrote, consists of "letters of interest or intent, but not contracts". "If you are going to receive these systems from us, these PGMs from us, we insist you work harder to train your forces on how to use them", Westphal said at a hearing in a House Foreign Affairs hearing on Tuesday. Paul, constantly put Saudi Arabia and Iran on the same footing.

Corker said Saudi Arabia was not targeting civilians and that guided weapons would lead to fewer civilian casualties.

Tuesday's Senate vote was close enough and the outcome sufficiently uncertain that Vice President Mike Pence was briefly called to the chamber to break a tie had there been one, a rare occurrence.

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