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senate Bill S. Joint Res. 37

Should Congress Block the Sale of Laser Guidance Systems for Precision Bombs to the United Arab Emirates?

Argument in favor

The United Arab Emirates has played a key role in the Saudi-led coalition against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, a campaign which has featured appalling civilian casualties from strikes carried out by the coalition. Blocking this arms sale would encourage the coalition to rein in its tactics.

jimK's Opinion
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07/29/2019
Yes, same answer as before— Yes, block the sale. Override trump’s veto. At least follow up on what you already voted for. Assert Congressional authority and honor the commitment which you have already made. It may be your last chance before trump asserts a imaginary national emergency, declares Marshall law and has you all imprisoned. You think this sounds extreme? That’s what we thought about each of his prior increasingly extreme actions which you have not challenged and now seem to be acceptable practice. Time for adults to collectively stand up to this bully and stop him from getting any worse. If party leadership wants to play politics instead- ignore them and do what you know is right...
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Clara's Opinion
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07/29/2019
Please don’t let this happen ! We need to hold him accountable for the death of our journalist
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Rochelle 's Opinion
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07/29/2019
This is a no brained! Block the sales of these arms to the UAE!
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Argument opposed

The United Arab Emirates is a key U.S. ally in the Middle East and is fighting an Iran-backed insurgency that would further destabilize Yemen and exacerbate regional threats to civilian populations and international shipping. Selling the UAE laser guidance kits for precision bombs will help reduce civilian casualties.

Judy's Opinion
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07/30/2019
I hope we never forget the perpetrators of 9/11 were all Saudi citizens. Why on earth should we help are our enemies. Remember an American journalist was recently murdered by Saudis as well. Vote to override the veto
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Stickyfingers's Opinion
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07/29/2019
No. They’ll just get them from somebody else.
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Gopin2018's Opinion
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07/29/2019
We need to support our allies in the region, keep your friends close and your enemies even closer. If were gonna stop Iran we must share the responsibility and not carry the load all by ourselves, they must share equally. #MAGA
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joint resolution Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house Passed July 17th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 238 Yea / 190 Nay
  • The senate Rejected July 29th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 45 Yea / 39 Nay
      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
    IntroducedJune 5th, 2019

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What is Senate Bill S. Joint Res. 37?

This resolution would prohibit the sale of guidance system kits for Paveway II laser-guided bombs to the United Arab Emirates in collaboration with France and the United Kingdom using the authority granted to Congress under the Arms Export Control Act. Specifically, it would block the sale of 44,000 GBU-12 Paveway II kits and 16,000 GBU-10 Paveway II kits.

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 United Arab Emirates; France and the United Kingdom; U.S. defense contractors; Congress; and the executive branch.

Cost of Senate Bill S. Joint Res. 37

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSen. 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 package cleared the Senate, and several were later passed by the House.

President Donald Trump vetoed this resolution and the other two which reached his desk, saying it undermines the safety of “the more than 80,000 United States citizens who reside in Saudi Arabia who are imperiled from Houthi attacks from Yemen.” In his veto message, Trump added:

“[B]y restricting the ability of our partners to produce and purchase precision-guided munitions, S.J.Res. 37 would likely prolong the conflict in Yemen and deepen the suffering it causes. By undermining bilateral relationships of the United States and impeding our ability to support key partners at a critical time, the joint resolution would harm — not help — efforts to end the conflict in Yemen. And without precision-guided munitions, more — not fewer — civilians are likely to become casualties of the conflict. While I share the concerns that certain Members of Congress have expressed about civilian casualties of this conflict, the United States has taken and will continue to take action to minimize such casualties, including training and advising the Saudi-led Coalition forces to improve their targeting processes.”

This legislation has the support of seven bipartisan cosponsors, including four Republicans and three Democrats.


Of NoteThe 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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AKA

A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of the proposed export to the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the Republic of France of certain defense articles and services.

Official Title

A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of the proposed export to the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the Republic of France of certain defense articles and services.

    Yes, same answer as before— Yes, block the sale. Override trump’s veto. At least follow up on what you already voted for. Assert Congressional authority and honor the commitment which you have already made. It may be your last chance before trump asserts a imaginary national emergency, declares Marshall law and has you all imprisoned. You think this sounds extreme? That’s what we thought about each of his prior increasingly extreme actions which you have not challenged and now seem to be acceptable practice. Time for adults to collectively stand up to this bully and stop him from getting any worse. If party leadership wants to play politics instead- ignore them and do what you know is right...
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    I hope we never forget the perpetrators of 9/11 were all Saudi citizens. Why on earth should we help are our enemies. Remember an American journalist was recently murdered by Saudis as well. Vote to override the veto
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    Please don’t let this happen ! We need to hold him accountable for the death of our journalist
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    This is a no brained! Block the sales of these arms to the UAE!
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    The UAE and Saudi Arabia are not our friends. They are only pretending to be our allies to get our support in a power struggle with Iran. We should not be involved in regional power struggles, and we definitely should ban weapons sales to states such as the UAE and Saudi Arabia that cause lots of civilian casualties for no reason.
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    We shouldn’t be in the business of aiding other countries to oppress and kill regardless of our oil objectives! No weapons for human right violators!
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    Yes. block the sale.
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    Please block this
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    It is time we stopped dealing arms in the Middle East and left that place entirely. I do not understand why the U.S. was in the Middle East past the year 2008
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    Our policy should be that we do not sell weapons or anything military related to any country or foreign organization for any reason. Block the sale!
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    STOP SELLING TO OUR ENEMIES!
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    Please block these sales and all others possible.
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    No arms sales to UAE.
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    The carnage in Yemen needs to end now. By selling arms to the Saudi coalition, we are party tocrimes against humanity.
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    YES! Why even consider it? Same answer as for Saudi Arabia...the are NOT our friends... Jesus Christ - get a fucking brain!
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    Block all weapons sales to Middle East dictators. If these are America’s friends, we need new friends until these countries change. We should be encouraging them to become democracies.
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    Stop selling wmd and accessories
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    Block sale of arms and related warfare items to UAE.
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    How about we rephrase this... Should Republicans who endorse a president wanting to sell America's national security secrets AND weapons of mass destruction be re-elected?
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    Thanks to Representative Crow for voting against this bill. Many thanks indeed.
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