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senate Bill S. Joint Res. 26

Should Congress Block the $3 Billion Sale of Helicopters & Missiles to Qatar?

Argument in favor

As part of the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed rebels in Yemen, the government of Qatar is worsening the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and inflicting civilian casualties through its bombing campaign. Qatar has also supported terror groups like Al Qaeda, Hamas, and ISIS.

burrkitty's Opinion
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06/13/2019
Stop peddling war and promoting violence, damn merchants of death. Stop feeding the war machine.
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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06/13/2019
Are we having a garage sale at the DOD? No we shouldn’t be selling weapons or equipment to anyone! If we have so much extra we don’t need, cut the DOD’s budget. If it was made especially for this purpose we aren’t in the business of providing defense contractors with a job so stop that immediately. Let’s get out of the sales business.
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Mark's Opinion
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06/13/2019
‘War is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous’. Orwell
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Argument opposed

Qatar is an ally in the effort to bring stability to the Middle East, and there’s no guarantee this equipment would be used in Yemen because another ceasefire could be reached soon. Congress should allow this sale to go through and continue to monitor the situation in Yemen.

SneakyPete's Opinion
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06/13/2019
This resolution would prohibit the $3 billion sale of 24 AH-64 Apache helicopters, 2,500 Hellfire missiles, and other related military equipment to the government of Qatar using powers given to Congress under the Arms Export Control Act. Qatar is an ally in the effort to bring stability to the Middle East, and there’s no guarantee this equipment would be used in Yemen because another ceasefire could be reached soon. Congress should allow this sale to go through and continue to monitor the situation in Yemen. SneakyPete. 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻. 6.10.19
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Poli.Sci's Opinion
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06/13/2019
Qatar is an ally, and we really need to stop denying the sales of hardware and weaponry to allies, otherwise they will look to Russia for hardware and weaponry. We do not need to lose another ally in the Gulf. If Qatar wants to use those missiles in Yemen, then so be it. We build weapons and hardware, they will be used regardless, whether by ourselves or from our customers.
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Ronald's Opinion
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06/13/2019
Congress must Support our President's foreign policies.
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joint resolution Progress


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      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
    IntroducedMay 14th, 2019

What is Senate Bill S. Joint Res. 26?

This resolution would prohibit the $3 billion sale of 24 AH-64 Apache helicopters, 2,500 Hellfire missiles, and other related military equipment to the government of Qatar using powers given to Congress under the Arms Export Control Act.

As a joint resolution, this legislation would advance to the House if passed by the Senate and would have the force of law if enacted.

Impact

The government of Qatar; defense contractors; and the Trump administration.

Cost of Senate Bill S. Joint Res. 26

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced this resolution to block an arms sale to Qatar over its role in the Saudi-led coalition’s campaign against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, which has led to many civilian casualties and precipitated a humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

Gregg Roman, the director of the Middle East Forum which promotes American interests in the Middle East, wrote an op-ed in The Hill in support of Paul’s resolution to block this arms sale to Qatar. In it, Roman explained why other Middle Eastern allies including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) cut off ties to Qatar over two years ago:

“The reasons for this split, a Saudi minister said at the time, were Qatar’s support for terrorist organizations such as al Qaeda, Hamas, and ISIS; its support for regional destabilizer Iran; and the role of Al-Jazeera and other government-funded Qatari media in fomenting unrest in the region. All of this has taken place amid an aggressive increase in Qatar’s military spending during the past decade.”

The administration explained the proposed sale through the Defense Security Cooperation Agency:

“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that continues to be an important force for political and economic progress in the Middle East. Qatar is host to the U.S. Central Command forces and serves as a critical forward-deployed location in the region. The acquisition of these helicopters will allow for integration with U.S. forces for training exercises, which contributes to regional security and interoperability.”


Of Note: The Arms Export Control Act requires the administration to notify Congress 30 calendar days before it concludes a foreign military sale to a non-major ally and allows Congress to modify or reject the sale using expedited procedures. 

After an arms sales disapproval resolution is introduced in the Senate, the Foreign Relations Committee has 10 calendar days to report it, and if no action is taken the lawmaker introducing it can force a floor vote on a motion to discharge the resolution. If it succeeds, the resolution is then considered with overall debate limited to 10 hours. The House doesn’t have a discharge procedure, although the resolution is still given expedited consideration in the chamber.



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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Defence Images via Flickr / Creative Commons)

AKA

A joint resolution relating to the disapproval of the proposed sale to the Government of Qatar of certain defense articles and services.

Official Title

A joint resolution relating to the disapproval of the proposed sale to the Government of Qatar of certain defense articles and services.

    Stop peddling war and promoting violence, damn merchants of death. Stop feeding the war machine.
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    This resolution would prohibit the $3 billion sale of 24 AH-64 Apache helicopters, 2,500 Hellfire missiles, and other related military equipment to the government of Qatar using powers given to Congress under the Arms Export Control Act. Qatar is an ally in the effort to bring stability to the Middle East, and there’s no guarantee this equipment would be used in Yemen because another ceasefire could be reached soon. Congress should allow this sale to go through and continue to monitor the situation in Yemen. SneakyPete. 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻. 6.10.19
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    Are we having a garage sale at the DOD? No we shouldn’t be selling weapons or equipment to anyone! If we have so much extra we don’t need, cut the DOD’s budget. If it was made especially for this purpose we aren’t in the business of providing defense contractors with a job so stop that immediately. Let’s get out of the sales business.
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    ‘War is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous’. Orwell
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    Yes. How can we say that we are a country that will provide assistance to anyone who needs humanitarian aid and then turn around and sell weapons of mass destruction to Countries with intentions for killing millions of people? Republicans only care about 2 things; Money and power. And they want the White Man to have all of the money and power, so they will sell to anyone for profits, and in turn, they love when those weapons are used to kill Brown people and Muslims, and anyone who is not a Christian White Man. Republicans are like, “We just helped them kill each other off, so we don’t have to, with our weapons and equipment and they paid us billions in profit to do it.”
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    Maybe if more emphasis was put into peace making, rather then warmongering, we would have a better kinder peaceful world.
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    We shouldn’t be selling military equipment to any country which will only further destabilize the planet! The only people that this is benefiting is defense contractors that profit off of war!
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    This not a dictatorship by Trump any and all decisions to do any business with terrorist countries should be made by congress!
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    Wake up people. This President is trying to arm potential enemies.
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    The US should not be selling weapons to anyone. No more escalation. No more wars. No more.
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    The government should not be acting as an arms dealer.
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    Expendiant decisions which may seem good now often have disastrous long term consequences. Our arming of Afghanistan to fight the Russians worked short term. Long term, we armed and trained Alquada and the Taliban- the foundation for ISIS. NO to supporting any country that is not a long-term well established ally honoring long term commitments.
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    And block sales to Israel and Saudi Arabia. Let’s stop selling weapons. They always end up in enemy hands or genociding innocent people.
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    As part of the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed rebels in Yemen, the government of Qatar is worsening the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and inflicting civilian casualties through its bombing campaign. Qatar has also supported terror groups like Al Qaeda, Hamas, and ISIS.
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    Qatar is an ally, and we really need to stop denying the sales of hardware and weaponry to allies, otherwise they will look to Russia for hardware and weaponry. We do not need to lose another ally in the Gulf. If Qatar wants to use those missiles in Yemen, then so be it. We build weapons and hardware, they will be used regardless, whether by ourselves or from our customers.
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    Block sales of military equipment, helicopters, etc to Qatar.
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    This country is not our friend and we should not sell them arms and defense technology.
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    Congress must Support our President's foreign policies.
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    In order to stop the terrorism and war in the Middle East, we should stop giving away weapons to other nations who may not be trusted or are supporters of terrorist groups such as ISIS, Al Qaeda, etc. Instead, if we want to maintain stability there, we should go in ourselves and do it, though it would be better to remain neutral. This bill along with any other bill prohibiting the sale of weapons and military vehicles to other countries in regards to the war in the Middle East must pass.
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    This must be the second bill I have seen this week about selling military grade weaponry to a foreign country. Are we arming our potential enemies now? Or worse, putting our military technology into the hands of a country that may not necessarily keep these machines of war safely under control so they don’t fall into the wrong hands? Sorry, but as long as Donald Trump is at the helm, along with his war-mongering side-kick Bolton, (as well as Mitch McConnell, who seems to be stuffing his pockets full these days with lobbyists’ cash), I don’t think we should be selling our sophisticated weaponry to foreign countries right now. Trump is just interested in taking money from the highest bidder, whether the sale of these items is dangerous or not. And where does this money go once these deals are arranged? Though we hear a lot about spending, spending, spending, and how we common Americans need to tighten our belts as social and educational programs are trimmed to the bone (while handing the rich billions and billions of dollars in tax breaks) we never hear about where the income to our government with these questionable sales goes. Does it go directly to the manufacturers? If so, why is our government the one cutting deals with these countries? What is the benefit to our country and its citizens if such a deal were to be negotiated? Without transparency, and specifically why we are selling our military technology to these countries, and how does it benefit the US and all its citizens, then the vote should be “No.”. And if it is a deal that Trump, Bolton or Kushner had a hand in negotiating, then there should be no vote at all until the deal is thoroughly investigated to the nth degree.
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