House Blocks Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE

House Blocks Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE 20 July, 2019

The House of Representatives passed three resolutions Wednesday to block the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.


U.S. President Donald Trump had invoked an emergency provision to allow him to circumvent Congress to push the $8.1 billion arms sales through- including precision-guided munitions — to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. Lawmakers expressed outrage over Trump’s tactics.


Trump is expected to veto the measures when they reach his desk — the third, fourth and fifth vetoes of his presidency. His veto will likely be sustained, as neither chamber would have enough votes to override it.


But Trump and his foreign policy team have argued that supporting Saudi Arabia and other Gulf allies is critical for countering Iran’s malign influence in the region. Tehran is backing Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who have been blamed for violence against civilians.

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