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Senate Votes to Block Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia & UAE over Yemen War

HeadlineJun 21, 2019

The Republican-led Senate voted Thursday to block the sale of billions of dollars’ worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Key backers of the bipartisan bill included Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democrat Bob Menendez, who spoke before the vote.

Sen. Bob Menendez: “We’ve heard that these weapons are humanitarian weapons. But when they are used to precisely target civilians, how can we possibly continue to sell them? These are components of bombs that we know have killed thousands of civilians in Yemen, patients in hospitals, children on school buses.”

The House is also expected to pass the bill, but President Trump has threatened to veto the legislation.

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