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senate Bill S. Joint Res. 38

Should Congress Block an Arms Deal Allowing Saudi Arabia to Manufacture Fuzes for Precision Guided Bombs?

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 or risk losing the friendship of the U.S.

jimK's Opinion
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07/28/2019
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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IllWill's Opinion
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07/29/2019
Saudi Arabia is not our friend! They are not our ally! They are a murderous authoritarian regime responsible for war crimes in Yemen and the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. We shouldn’t be selling anything to them! We should be sanctioning the hell out of them!
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Cael's Opinion
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07/28/2019
It’s purely common sense to block this arms deal, Saudi Arabia has not been a decent ally to the United States. If we don’t block this Arms deal, who knows what they could do next.
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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 and likely increase civilian casualties in Yemen.

Gopin2018's Opinion
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07/28/2019
Take back the House in 2020 and get the gavel outa the Democrats hands, take care of the people’s business and stop the Democrats from chasing their own tails. They have had power for now 200 days and accomplished almost nothing, only harassment, useless testimony, endless investigations on already completed investigations. Stop the TDS and vote them out in 2020. #MAGA
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Ronald's Opinion
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07/29/2019
Congress must support President Trump. Get control of congressional criminals harassment of Trump.
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Connie's Opinion
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07/29/2019
Stop supporting a regimes with human rights violations. MBS is a murderer who lKills political enemies. We need to pay attention to the war in Yemen and help the civilians there.
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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 237 Yea / 190 Nay
  • The senate Rejected July 29th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 46 Yea / 41 Nay
      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
    IntroducedJune 5th, 2019

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What is Senate Bill S. Joint Res. 38?

This resolution would prohibit Saudi Arabia from purchasing services, equipment, and data related to manufacturing fuzing systems for the Paveway IV precision-guided bomb programs in collaboration with the United Kingdom using the authority granted 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

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

Cost of Senate Bill S. Joint Res. 38

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:

“The Houthis, supported by Iran, have attacked civilian and military facilities using missiles, armed drones, and explosive boats, including in areas frequented by United States citizens, such as the airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia... [T]he joint resolution would degrade Saudi Arabia’s military preparedness and ability to defend United States military personnel there…[B]y restricting the ability of our partners to produce and purchase precision-guided munitions, S.J.Res. 38 would likely prolong the conflict in Yemen and deepen the suffering it causes.”

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 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland of certain defense articles and services.

Official Title

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

    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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    Take back the House in 2020 and get the gavel outa the Democrats hands, take care of the people’s business and stop the Democrats from chasing their own tails. They have had power for now 200 days and accomplished almost nothing, only harassment, useless testimony, endless investigations on already completed investigations. Stop the TDS and vote them out in 2020. #MAGA
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    Saudi Arabia is not our friend! They are not our ally! They are a murderous authoritarian regime responsible for war crimes in Yemen and the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. We shouldn’t be selling anything to them! We should be sanctioning the hell out of them!
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    STOP SELLING TO OUR ENEMIES!
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    It’s purely common sense to block this arms deal, Saudi Arabia has not been a decent ally to the United States. If we don’t block this Arms deal, who knows what they could do next.
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    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 or risk losing the friendship of the U.S.
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    I still find it hard to believe that we would continue to arm a country like Saudi Arabia who continues to suppress even basic human rights. They kill people they don’t like and we become complicit by continually arming them. Our country used to support human rights and democracy. It seems we now only support arms dealers and bankers. It’s a sad day for our democracy.
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    America cannot stand as a moral beacon to the world while we support terrorists.
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    Stop giving away our technology. Before you know it they will be using it against us. All the greedy treason communist loving republicans can do is give everything to our nemesis. These lying cheating no nothing republicans are only for the rich. They want your healthcare you medicare your social security all to profit themselves. Be ready in about 18 months when they crash the economy. My opinion.
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    Let's remember 9/11. It was the Saudis behind those attacks. Saudis are extremely anti-western. They are the ones that are indoctrinating the terrorist they are schooling the terrorist in terrorism and ideology. Why do we treat them as friends? They are not our friends. The funding for 9/11 came from the Saudis. Most of the attackers were Saudis. Why would we give them more tools and more technology that they can use against us? We got to be crazy treating them like they are our friends. Only a sell out would treat them as friends. We all know who was behind 9/11. Bin Laden was a Saudi Prince. The funding came from Saudi Arabia and most of the attackers were from Saudi Arabia.
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    Saudi Arabia is not our friend.
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    Block Saudi Arabia from manufacturing fuze devices for precision bombs. Block Saudi from any involvement that can influence our safety and/ or security. Think about 9/11. Think about Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi is not our friend. And they are financially entangled with trump and Kushner. Block Saudi manufacturer of precision bomb parts. !!!!!
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    We should not be giving Saudi Arabia, our 9-1-1 enemy, any weapons or parts for weapons.
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    Until we have condemned Saudi agents ‘ murder of Jamal Khashoggi we should cease all relationships. We should never sell them access to any nuclear software or hardware or military weapons.
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    Yes this should be blocked! tRump bitches about countries stealing American technology, then wants to hand over manufacturing production of missile components to Saudi Arabia! Corrupt ignorant idea.
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    Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Posey OLC policy: The indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. It’s time to do your job. You swore an oath to this country, it’s people and me to uphold the constitution. The president has never upheld that oath. How do you want to be remembered?
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    Please block this sale. Saudi Arabia does not respect human rights and we should not supply them with weapons.
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    The House and Senate blocked the sell of an arms package estimated to be 8 billion worth of precision guided munitions, other bombs and ammunition, and aircraft maintenance support to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The Presidents veto and subsequent “loophole”, claiming he has an “emergency need to sell” seems another attempt to circumvent Congress. If the continued attempts to circumvent Congress continue there will be no Democracy. Take the appropriate action vs the road of cowardliness avoidance to act.
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    OMG, HELL YES!
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    This needs to be blocked, I.e. the veto overrided. We should not support this murderous regime and probably line GOP pockets at the same time. This sale will also create an imbalance in the Middle East, also very dangerous.
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