Senators voted 30-67 on Sens’s resolution. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRand Paul: Chris Cuomo takes “small step to CNN to regain all credibility” GOP anger at Fauci increases congressional goal in December: avoid closure and default MORE (R-Ky.), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeDemand Justice launches ad campaign supporting Biden candidate that drew GOP rejection Democrats see Christmas target drift away The Hill’s Morning Report – Brought to you by Facebook – Congress avoids shutdown MORE (R-Utah) et Bernie SandersBernie Sanders Study: Test Detects Signs of Dementia At Least Six Months Earlier Than Standard Method The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Uber – Omicron Tests Vaccines; Bob Dole dies at 98 Democrats see Christmas goal slip away MORE (I-Vt.) Below the simple majority necessary to overcome the procedural obstacle.
Supporters of the resolution pushed to block the arms sale, which includes 280 air-to-air missiles manufactured by Raytheon Technologies, due to Saudi Arabia’s role in Yemen’s civil war, including an air and naval blockade. from Yemen.
“The United States should end all arms sales to the Saudis until they end their blockade of Yemen. President Biden has said he will change Trump’s policy of supporting the Saudi war in Yemen, but it’s not at all clear that the policy has changed, ”Paul said. before the vote.
Sanders – who joked that he was in the “somewhat uncomfortable and unusual position” of agreeing with Paul – added that the United States should “not reward” Saudi Arabia with military weapons.
“We should demand that they end the devastating war in Yemen. … It is high time that we took a very careful look at our relations with Saudi Arabia, a country whose government represents the opposite of what we think we believe, ”he said.
But the vote divided Democrats, with 28 votes to move the resolution forward. All Republican senators except Lee and Paul voted against the resolution.
Head of the GOP in the Senate Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDole in last column: “Too many of us have sacrificed too much” Schumer steps up to push Biden Hoyer’s agenda says Dec. 15 is the deadline to raise the cap. debt PLUS (R-Ky.), Who voted against the resolution, argued that senators should “be wary of turning their backs on longtime partners.”
“This is what our colleagues’ resolution would actually do; that would give the world yet another reason to doubt the resolve of the United States of America, ”he said.
Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) Menendez Five Ways Senate Could Change Biden’s Spending Plan Spending Bill Faces Senate Rush Republicans Worried About Biden’s Candidate For Ambassador To Germany MORE (DN.J.) added that he opposed the sale because “it is important that our security partners know that we will honor our commitments and prioritize security arrangements that protect civilians.”
The White House also pushed back on the resolution, saying in a political statement that it “strongly opposes” the measure.
“The FMS case at issue is fully consistent with the administration’s commitment to lead diplomatically to end the conflict in Yemen and with US support for offensive operations in the Yemen war, while ensuring that Saudi Arabia has the means to defend itself against Iran. supported the Houthi airstrikes, ”the White House said.