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senate Bill S. Joint Res. 36

Should Congress Block the Coproduction & Sale of Laser Guidance Systems for Bombs to Saudi Arabia?

Argument in favor

Saudi Arabia has strained its alliance with the U.S. through its indiscriminate bombing campaign in Yemen, its murder of Jamal Khashoggi, and its repression of human rights domestically. Blocking this and other arms sales will send a message to Saudi Arabia to change its behavior.

Richard's Opinion
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06/20/2019
Absolutely. Saudi Arabia is the number one exporter of Islamic extremism, terrorist funding and 19 of the 20 9/11 attackers were Saudi. No way we should be selling them weapons.
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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06/20/2019
I don’t know how to be much clearer. The US should not sell BB guns or bottle rockets to the Saudis. They are not our Allies. They are terrorists. They financed 911. They are directly responsible for the torture and murder of an American journalist, they are helping to destabilize the Middle East and are responsible for atrocities in Yemen using our weapons. They have horrific a human rights record. Sell them nothing. And thank you for this bipartisan resolution.
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DrCindyBean's Opinion
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06/20/2019
Block sale of arms & weapons to Saudi. Do not sell arms nor any means of warfare to Saudis. 9/11 Jamal Khashoggi
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Argument opposed

Saudi Arabia is a key U.S. ally in bringing stability to the Middle East, and while there are obvious tensions and challenges in that alliance that need resolution this bill would unwisely undermine Saudi Arabia’s defense capabilities at a time of heightened aggression from Iran.

Cherie65's Opinion
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06/20/2019
We have to pick one ally in the Middle East besides Israel to keep some semblance of peace/deterrence/equilibrium or we are in huge trouble. If we don't sell them arms, they will buy them from Russia or China. I don't really trust them either, but the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
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jimK's Opinion
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06/20/2019
not sure this is showing up right. I vote yes but misread the question and I seem to be having trouble correcting this. There are 2 issues here. First, giving design information on our laser guidance systems and manufacturing technology to any other country is a big security risk, especially if that country is not a long established ally with common world views. This I emphatically oppose. Today's expedient decisions often have unexpected long term consequences. Second, the sale of laser guided munitions may be warranted if the US continues its sledge-hammer diplomacy with Iran and forces a larger scale confrontation. An armed alliance with a country, even one ideologically opposed to American values, could help protect our service men and women who have been put into the middle of escalating military tension- even though that tension has been created primarily by our presidents "art of the deal".
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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06/20/2019
👎🏻👎🏻 Paveway laser-guided bombs Guidance Systems 👎🏻👎🏻 I stand strongly opposed to this S.J. Res. 36 resolution which would prohibit the coproduction and manufacture of guidance systems for Paveway laser-guided bombs in Saudi Arabia in collaboration with Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom under authority granted to Congress by the Arms Export Control Act. It would also prohibit the transfer of up to 64,403 additional kits, partial kits, and full-up-rounds. Saudi Arabia is a key U.S. ally in bringing stability to the Middle East, and while there are obvious tensions and challenges in that alliance that need resolution this bill would unwisely undermine Saudi Arabia’s defense capabilities at a time of heightened aggression from Iran. SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻 S.J. Res. 36 👎🏻👎🏻. 6.20.19.....
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joint resolution Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate Passed June 20th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 53 Yea / 45 Nay
      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
    IntroducedJune 5th, 2019

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What is Senate Bill S. Joint Res. 36?

This resolution would prohibit the coproduction and manufacture of guidance systems for Paveway laser-guided bombs in Saudi Arabia in collaboration with Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom under authority granted to Congress by the Arms Export Control Act. It would also prohibit the transfer of up to 64,403 additional kits, partial kits, and full-up-rounds.

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

Saudi Arabia; Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom; U.S. defense contractors; Congress; and the executive branch.

Cost of Senate Bill S. Joint Res. 36

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) introduced this resolution in conjunction with 21 other resolutions to block a total of $8 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates the Trump administration approved “based on a false emergency and without Congressional consent.”

The Trump administration has defended arms sales to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states as supporting U.S. foreign policy & national security goals by improving the security of friendly countries that enhances regional stability.

This legislation has the support of seven bipartisan cosponsors in the Senate, including four Republicans and three Democrats. The GOP cosponsors include Sens. Lindsey Graham (SC), Rand Paul (KY), Todd Young (IN), and Mike Lee (UT). The Democratic cosponsors include Sens. Chris Murphy (CT), Patrick Leahy (VT), and Jack Reed (RI).


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 a 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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(Photo Credit: David Monniaux via Wikimedia / Creative Commons)

AKA

A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of the proposed transfer to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Kingdom of Spain, and the Italian Republic of certain defense articles and se

Official Title

A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of the proposed transfer to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Kingdom of Spain, and the Italian Republic of certain defense articles and services.

    Absolutely. Saudi Arabia is the number one exporter of Islamic extremism, terrorist funding and 19 of the 20 9/11 attackers were Saudi. No way we should be selling them weapons.
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    We have to pick one ally in the Middle East besides Israel to keep some semblance of peace/deterrence/equilibrium or we are in huge trouble. If we don't sell them arms, they will buy them from Russia or China. I don't really trust them either, but the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
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    I don’t know how to be much clearer. The US should not sell BB guns or bottle rockets to the Saudis. They are not our Allies. They are terrorists. They financed 911. They are directly responsible for the torture and murder of an American journalist, they are helping to destabilize the Middle East and are responsible for atrocities in Yemen using our weapons. They have horrific a human rights record. Sell them nothing. And thank you for this bipartisan resolution.
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    Block sale of arms & weapons to Saudi. Do not sell arms nor any means of warfare to Saudis. 9/11 Jamal Khashoggi
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    Even though SA has long been an ally and key partner of the US, the latest atrocities committed against a US citizen warrants action. If trump is too pussy to do something, Congress MUST.
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    Don't assist or aid the Saudis until they address the Khashoggi murder and the war in Yemen
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    STOP the Escalation of War Everywhere.
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    The Saudis are not our friends
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    We don’t need our advanced weapons systems falling into more of the wrong hands than they already are.
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    We shouldn’t be selling Saudi Arabia ANYTHING remotely like weapons. Stop the warmongering!
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    Yes
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    Selling our tech to a murderous leader of an oil-rich Allie? 😩
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    Did we forget that the terrorist behind 9/11 were Saudi Arabians? To even consider this is ludicrous.
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    Saudi Arabia is NOT our friend. They have been helping enemy states and organizations for decades. The chances more of our arms will fall into the hands of those who will actively use them agaist us is huge.
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    Can anyone say conflict of interest? Can anyone say war crimes? Can anyone say shit hole country?
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    not sure this is showing up right. I vote yes but misread the question and I seem to be having trouble correcting this. There are 2 issues here. First, giving design information on our laser guidance systems and manufacturing technology to any other country is a big security risk, especially if that country is not a long established ally with common world views. This I emphatically oppose. Today's expedient decisions often have unexpected long term consequences. Second, the sale of laser guided munitions may be warranted if the US continues its sledge-hammer diplomacy with Iran and forces a larger scale confrontation. An armed alliance with a country, even one ideologically opposed to American values, could help protect our service men and women who have been put into the middle of escalating military tension- even though that tension has been created primarily by our presidents "art of the deal".
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    Saudi Arabia spreads extremism and their human rights record is abominable.
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    We should not sell this to anybody, friend or foe!
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    SA is not the friend of America. It is a friend of a corrupt president and his greedy family. They sponsor terrorism throughout the world but we go after poor countries and give them free reign to kill American journalists. No. Just no.
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    Thank you for voting to block the coproduction and manufacture of guidance systems for Paveway laser-guided bombs in Saudi Arabia.
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