Senate votes to support weapons sale to Saudis

Paul Falls Short on Senate Effort to Block Big Saudi Arms Deal

Senators rejected a bid to derail the deal, 53-47, sparing the new administration from what would have been an embarrassing rebuke. "Saudi Arabia needs to see that there will be consequences if they ignore USA demands and target civilian infrastructure". Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Ben Cardin (Md.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) opposed the latest shipment ― and a surprising number of Republicans, including Sens. "I am embarrassed that people are out here making money and making a buck, while 17 million are living on a starvation diet". In March, the Trump administration announced it meant to continue sales despite the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen.

"This will come back to haunt us".

"By selling arms to the Saudi government, the US risks becoming complicit in attacks by the Saudi military on civilians in Yemen". For decades Washington has been closely allied with Riyadh, despite its dismal human rights record. "The United States supports the Saudi-led bombing campaign that has had the effect of causing a humanitarian nightmare to play out in that country".

"The United States and the global community should be focused on addressing the humanitarian disaster in Yemen and working towards a diplomatic solution instead of contributing to further military escalation through arms sales and risking their use in carrying out attacks in civilian areas", Kaine said. If we can get all or nearly all Senate Democrats to vote against Trump's Saudi arms deal plus a handful of Republicans, we can win.

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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.

A vote is expected Tuesday afternoon on whether to block the sale of an estimated $510 million in precision-guided munitions, part of Trump's proposed $110 billion arms package to Saudi Arabia. That then led to an apology by the Saudis and an investigation.

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"Saudi Arabia has flaws, but they have been an ally", Corker said. It's also the world's second largest oil producer.

The destruction of Yemen's economic infrastructure is the "silent killer" in Yemen, Scott Paul, Oxfam America's senior humanitarian policy advisor, told VICE News.

Paul said they haven't ruled out forcing votes on similar arms sales in the future.

Earlier on Tuesday, Paul denounced Saudi Arabia's imprisonment of human rights activists, executions and the blockade of Yemen, and criticized supporters of the bill who say it will create United States jobs.

"At a time when the president appears to have solidified a transactional approach to foreign affairs, it is incumbent upon Congress to ensure that moral concerns, particularly America's commitment to defending human rights, remain a cornerstone of US foreign policy", the letter said.

Yemeni soldiers and Popular Committees fighters also lobbed several artillery rounds at al-Makhrouq military bases in Najran region, located 844 kilometers south of the Saudi capital, Riyadh, though no reports of casualties were immediately available. "But the U.S.is in this game, it's in this war".

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