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Sen. Paul pushes bill to block United States arms sale to Saudi Arabia

Sen. Paul pushes bill to block United States arms sale to Saudi Arabia”

Senators voted 53-47 against advancing Senate Joint Resolution 42, Senator Rand Paul's motion to block the $510 million sale of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia.

Selling more than $100 billion worth of arms - including $500 million in precision-guided munitions - to Saudi Arabia while they continue to commit alleged war crimes is a disgusting and unsafe plan.

"If the message is 'You can have as many weapons as you want no matter how many worldwide laws you break, ' that does not bode well for the likelihood that the Saudi-led coalition will stop its unlawful attacks, credibly investigate, take the steps it needs to take to mitigate civilian casualties, and ensure humanitarian access is facilitated as quickly and as well as possible", said Kristine Beckerle, a Yemen researcher at Human Rights Watch.

Paul's resolution of disapproval had the vast majority of Democratic support, and was supported by three other Republicans.

"Should the United States be actively involved with refueling the Saudi planes, with picking targets, with having advisers on the ground?"

Democratic Senators Chris Murphy of CT and Al Franken of Minnesota would block the sale of Dollars 510 million of precision-guided ammunition to Saudi Arabia, CNN reports.

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Just before the vote, Paul took part in a heated debate with Sen.

The resolution received far more support than a similar resolution past year targeting a $1 billion tank deal with Saudi Arabia blocked by the Obama administration. 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.

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"In 2016, Congress overwhelmingly voted to allow the family members of those killed in the 9/11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia", Paul recalled. Paul said he hoped his resolution would at least send a message that the US would not tolerate the country's human rights abuses. Yemen is mired in conflict, with rebels holding the capital and Saudi Arabia bombing them, with U.S. help.

The crisis in Yemen, where the Saudis and allies have been battling Iran-backed militants for over two years, is getting increasingly desperate.

Will our assistance bring an end to Saudi Arabia's history of promoting hatred of America and Israel throughout the world? The Saudi Arabian government and many USA defense officials say Iran is supporting the Houthi rebels in Yemen, and portray the Saudi-led intervention there as a way to keep Tehran's regional ambitions in check. Paul, earlier today, accused Saudi Arabia of "polluting the world with this anger" of radical Islamist terrorism. If anything, it has exacerbated it, and it has associated our name with Saudi Arabia's tactics in Yemenis' minds. "There are some, not all, who are using this to get a piece of the Trump administration's hide", he responded.

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