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Key Senators to Oppose US-Saudi Arms Deal

by Countable | 6.13.17

When President Donald Trump was recently in the Middle East, he announced a $110 billion deal to sell U.S. weapons to Saudi Arabia. That didn’t sit well with some prominent voices in the Senate, so today opponents are forcing a vote to disapprove of the sale of $510 million in precision guided munitions. The effort is being led by Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Al Franken (D-MN) who argue the munitions will be used in Yemen which will only make the civil war worse amid fears they’ll be employed against civilians.

"We will force this vote for these children in Yemen because we have a chance today to stop the carnage," Paul said Tuesday on the Senate floor. “The question is should we give money or arms to Saudi Arabia at all? What has Saudi Arabia done over the last 30 years? They’ve been the number one exporter of Jihadist philosophy. The number one exporter of ‘Let’s hate America.’”

The effort picked up a surprise sponsor on Monday when the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), tossed his weight behind the effort to derail the sale. "The human rights and humanitarian concerns have been well documented and are important: of equal concern to me is that the Saudi government continues to aid and abet terrorism via its relationship with Wahhabism and the funding of schools that spread extremist propaganda throughout the world," Schumer said in a statement.

Arms sales to foreign nations are subject to a 30-day congressional review period, which allows a small group of senators to force their colleagues to cast an up or down vote on such sales. The effort is expected to pass because Saudi Arabia remains one of America’s closest allies in the region, but proponents say they’ve picked up more support to oppose the sale than they’ve had in the past. The effort is being brought up as a part of the Senate debate on a bill to heft more sanctions on Iran.

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— Matt Laslo

(Photo Credit: Eagleamin / Creative Commons)

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  • Lisa b.
    06/13/2017
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    Please vote NO! This is just a crazy idea. - why in the world would we arm anybody in this region.

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  • Katherine
    06/13/2017
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    Thank you Senators for standing up against the insane proposal to sell the Saudi family these arms. It is absolutely crazy to arm a country who state sponsors terrorists! Trump is getting something out of that sale, find out what that is ok?

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  • Jan
    06/13/2017
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    Quoting Bernie Sanders as he puts it much better than I can: "The Saudi-led war in Yemen has created a humanitarian disaster in one of the region’s poorest countries. Many thousands of civilians have been killed, many more made homeless, and millions are at the risk of starvation, according to the United Nations refugee agency. The chaos in Yemen has also been strategically disastrous for the U.S., providing fertile ground for extremist groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS, and creating new opportunities for Iranian intervention. But beyond this, it’s long past time that we took a very hard look at our relationship with Saudi Arabia. This is a country that is run by a hereditary monarchy, in which women are treated as third-class citizens. They have also spent decades exporting an ultra-reactionary form of Islam throughout the world. For far too long we’ve given a pass to a government in Saudi Arabia that supports ideas and policies that are fundamentally at odds with American values, and that have had extremely negative consequences for American security. I think the time has come to take a very hard look at this relationship, and assess whether it is actually serving the interests and values of the American people." He will be voting against it, I hope you will do the right thing too.

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  • Cynthia
    06/13/2017
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    Do not approve sale of arms to Saudi Arabia. Human rights abuses aside, remember the source of the attackers on 9/11. The sales will only harm the most vulnerable in Yemen and other countries embroiled in civil wars. The US should lead with compassion and peace.

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  • Linda
    06/13/2017
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    The arms "deal" with Saudi Arabia is wrong. Why would we sell arms to Saudi Arabia???!!!???!

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  • Jon
    06/13/2017
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    The attacks of 9/11 had roots in Saudi Arabia and since Trump is so against radical Islam, I don't think we should be sending anything let alone weapons to the people who harbored, and possibly trained many of the hijackers that killed thousands of Americans!

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  • Margo
    06/13/2017
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    please vote NO to this action. this is not on the best interest of the US!

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  • Judith
    06/13/2017
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    KEEP OUR PRECISION WEAPONRY FOR OUR USE ALONE !!!!!

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  • Lorrina
    06/14/2017
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    Thank God! Trumps only agenda is to look like he is making "great deals", even if it's with the devil. The presidency isn't about your ego, it's about serving all Americans.

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  • DrCindyBean
    06/14/2017
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    Prohibit tRumps sale of arms to the Saudis.

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  • Becka
    06/13/2017
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    Just say no to the Saudi arms deal!

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  • Jennifer
    06/13/2017
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    This is insane. We should not be selling guns or ammunition to a part of the world that hates so much. Americans and others will be killed with these guns!

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  • terrybrewer
    06/13/2017
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    Under no circumstances should we be supplying arms to the Saudis. Might as well arm Daesh directly

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  • Daniel
    06/14/2017
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    This is beyond insane. It's the equivalent of going back in time to WWII with a Nuclear bomb, and selling it to Hitler knowing all too well he'd use it on America. No more weapons sales to Saudi Arabia. This idea is nothing more than Trump's Endless attempts to feed his corrupt and ever growing greed. Trump doesn't care what the Saudi's use the weapons for only that he gets paid and paid well.

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  • Leona
    06/13/2017
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    Is no one concerned these weapons also could end up being used against Israel or Turkey or even us?

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  • Kim
    06/14/2017
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    I stand w Rand Paul and my Rep Chuck Schumer - Vote NO

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  • HockeyGuy
    06/13/2017
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    Isn't there enough killing going on in that region??? Are we trying to fuel Yemen with more arms to continue their ruthless killing machines? Arms that go to Saudi Arabia will end up in Yellen! VOTE NO!!!

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  • Jeanne
    06/13/2017
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    It's just plain crazy to arm the Saudi's. Didn't we learn enough about them with 9/11. Stop this lunacy! No sales to the Saudis.

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  • Molly
    06/13/2017
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    Please vote no in regards to selling Saudi Arabia arms.

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  • Suzi
    06/13/2017
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    I do NOT support the selling of weapons to Saudi Arabia. 💰💣

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