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.
Summary by Eric Revell
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