Trump to resume precision munitions deliveries to Saudis

Trump to resume precision munitions deliveries to Saudis

The precision munitions are part of Trump's proposed $110 billion arms package to Riyadh, which the administration said would create U.S.jobs while also improving a key ally's military capability.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York) has expressed his support to a resolution that seeks to bar a part of a potential $110 billion weapon sales deal with Saudi Arabia, The Hill reported Monday.

Had it been successful, the vote would have been the first time in decades a congressional body voted to bar a weapons sale to Saudi Arabia.

"I will support Senator Murphy's resolution of disapproval", Schumer said in a statement.

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The Senate on Tuesday narrowly turned back a bipartisan bid to rebuke Saudi Arabia and reject President Donald Trump's plan to sell the kingdom more than $500 million in precision-guided munitions, sparing the new Republican administration an embarrassing defeat.

Correction: This story has been corrected to add one vote to the opposing party, making the vote 53-47. "And if they continue to target civilians, if they continue to stop humanitarian aid from getting into Yemen, this vote will continue to go into the wrong direction for them".

"I can list 20 reasons why I'm very concerned about giving them weapons, but one of those things also coming up this week is we're unhappy with Iran for developing ballistic missiles". "Saudi Arabia is not a reliable ally". Toomey and Casey asking for support of Senate Joint Resolution 42, which would forbid export of advanced weaponry to Saudi Arabia. Rather, support for the arms deal is primarily bolstered by lobbying from major U.S. arms makers who stand to make tens of billions of dollars exporting weapons to the Saudis to keep the Yemen war going.

Senators Murphy and Paul have led the charge against United States arms sales to Saudi Arabia. The tally demonstrated growing dissent among American lawmakers who are uncomfortable with the US military's continued support of the Saudi-led coalition's intervention in Yemen, where civilians have borne the brunt of Saudi Arabia's proxy war with Houthi rebels. "Values do mean something.' And that we shouldn't be offering our weapons and our support to a country with these disgusting abuses", Paul said.

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Human Rights Watch has documented scores of serious violations of humanitarian law by the Saudi-led coalition since it began its military campaign in Yemen against the Houthis and their allies in March 2015. "They are the greatest purveyor of hatred for Christianity and Judaism in the world...we should not be selling arms to Saudi Arabia". Paul cast the vote as a referendum on US support for the Saudi air campaign and Congress' opportunity to assert its war-making responsibilities.

"Saudi Arabia bombed a funeral procession", Paul said on the Senate floor, referring to an October 2016 incident.

"The U.S. likes to talk about the war in Yemen as if it's someone else's problem", said Beckerle.

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