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UPDATE 5:31 PM PT – Wednesday, December 8, 2021
A bipartisan effort in the Senate failed to block further arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
In a vote of 30 to 67, the proposal failed to gain the simple majority needed to block the sale of $650 million to the kingdom. The effort to stem the sales was led by Mike Lee (R) of Utah, Rand Paul (R) of Kentucky and Bernie Sanders (I) of Vermont.
The senators argued that Saudi Arabia should not be rewarded for its invasions in Yemen and attacks on its own people with more weapons from the US.
“As the Saudi government continues to wage its devastating war in Yemen and oppress its people, we should not reward them with more arms sales,” Sanders said.
LIVE: The Saudi government is waging a brutal war in Yemen and oppressing its own people. We should not reward them with more weapons of war. I’m on the floor of the Senate NOW to block arms sales to this regime. https://t.co/88tBgyjXDE
– Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 7, 2021
Senate leaders from both parties disagreed with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), saying the body should be wary of turning its back on longtime allies. Meanwhile, Democrats remained divided on the vote, while Paul and Lee were the only GOP members to back the bloc.
https://www.oann.com/senate-approves-saudi-arabian-650b-arms-sale/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=senate-approves-saudi-arabian-650b-arms-sale Senate approves Saudi Arabia’s $650 million arms sale