The US Senate will vote on whether to prevent block $8.1 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia and other Arab allies, a legislator said the anger with the kingdom develops. The top Democrat, Robert Menedez on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Republican-led Senate, had agreed to permit votes on the 22 arms sales that attacker will aggravate the ruining war in Yemen.
On the Senate floor, Menendez said, “ I want to thank the bipartisan group of cosponsors of these resolutions, the majority leader and our staff for diligently working through this unprecedented process”.
President Donald Trump’s administration took the remarkable step of keeping out Congress for approving the sale of aircraft support maintenance, munitions, and other weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as well as a transfer of existing weapons to Jordan.
US State Secretary, Mike Pompeo said the administration was replying to an emergency originated by Saudi Arabia’s historic rival Iran, which supports the Houthi rebels in Yemen.
Including some Republicans, senators said there were no illicit grounds to dodge Congress, which has the right to detest arms sales. But it will last a long drag for Congress to come up with a two-thirds vote for overcoming a potential veto by the US President.
Critics claim that the weapons will assist Saudi Arabia to raise its offensive in Yemen, where millions remain on the edge of fasting in what the United Nations calls the worst humanitarian disaster.