Saudi Arabia is not alone in receiving weapons from the United States - 103 nations bought weapons from the USA from 2012 to 2016. Where President Trump has dropped his challenges to the foreign policy establishment status quo, Senators on both sides of the aisle, like Paul and Murphy, have an opportunity to pick up from the president and tap into the same popular weariness of the foreign policy status quo Trump did.
Democratic Senator Chris Murphy, who was among the authors of the resolution, said late last month that they would have "significantly more support" than the 2016 resolution. Rand Paul of Kentucky. "I am embarrassed that people are out here making money and making a buck, while 17 million are living on a starvation diet".
"This will come back to haunt us". The Saudi-led war in Yemen has already killed thousands of civilians, helped fuel a rapidly growing cholera epidemic, and plunged millions to the brink of starvation. 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. Rand Paul, this resolution counters President Trump's promise to send armaments to the Saudis and our long history of supporting the kingdom's military, despite its bad human rights record and funding of worldwide terrorism. They and human rights groups fear the weapons could be used in Yemen's civil war. Forty-seven senators voted to block a US$510 million weapons deal, only three votes short of passing.
Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican who led opposition to the deal, pointed to speculation that Saudi officials may have had knowledge of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and may have helped arm the Islamic State militants. Ben Cardin and Sen.
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Last year, as CNN reported, the Senate overwhelmingly rejected an effort to block a $1.15 billion Saudi arms deal approved by the Obama administration. That then led to an apology by the Saudis and an investigation.
Paul cited a recent YouGov poll, which showed just 10 percent of Americans view Saudi Arabia as a friendly country. It's also the world's second largest oil producer.
Paul said, "I think the votes will continue to grow".
Over 40 humanitarian organizations, including OXFAM and Center for Civilians in Conflict, penned a letter to senators before the vote urging them to disprove the sale, and warning that selling weapons to Saudi Arabia would only "exacerbate the already dire humanitarian crisis". "The human rights and humanitarian concerns have been well documented and are important", Schumer told the Huffington Post.
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. "This U.S. -backed Saudi war has to end".