|[Published: Friday July 19 2019]
US House votes to block Saudi arms sales
WASHINGTON 19 Jul (ANA) - The United States House of Representatives on Wednesday approved three resolutions aimed at blocking President Donald Trump's planned sale of guided missiles and other weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Jordan.
The approval of the measures is another political rebuke of Trump's relationship with Saudi Arabia, which has drawn sharp criticism in Congress over human rights abuses and the mounting death toll from the war in Yemen.
Citing new military tensions with Iran in May, Trump used an "emergency" loophole in US arms control law to bypass Congress to complete the sale of more than eight billion dollars in weapons to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Jordan. The move circumvented US law that gives Congress the power to review major weapons sales.
Many politicians view Trump's claims of an emergency as exaggerated, pointing out that most of the weapons sales at issue could not be delivered for months, even years.
The House vote sends three of 22 joint resolutions of disapproval of already passed by the Senate to the president who is expected to veto the measures.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Democrat, said the three specific resolutions were "most significant" because they would cancel contracts related to arms that could be used in the war in Yemen.
The three contracts relate to plans by US weapons-maker Raytheon to build a co-production plant in Saudi Arabia to assemble "Paveway" smart bombs, the type of laser and GPS-guided weapons that in 2018 destroyed a school bus in Yemen killing more than 40 boys. (ANA)
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