Both Republican and Democratic Senators are working together to end what they consider to be an ill-fated arms deal between the Trump administration and Saudi Arabia, according to The New York Post.
Sens. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, and Todd Young, a Republican from Indiana, said in a Sunday statement that they want to force the Senate to vote on the US Security assistance to Saudi Arabia, which would include the potential sale of arms that has been overshadowed by the country’s human rights record.
“The bill the senators are introducing Monday draws on a provision in the Foreign Assistance Act that allows for congressional review,” the Post reported. “The act allows Congress to vote to request information about a country’s human rights practices. After receiving the information, Congress can then vote on ending or restricting security assistance.”
“Congress needs to change how we do business with the Kingdom. The process we are setting in motion will allow Congress to weigh in on the totality of our security relationship with Saudi Arabia, not just one arms sale, and restore Congress’s role in foreign policy making,” Murphy said in a statement.
This move on the part of Murphy and Young came after outrage from both sides of the aisle late last when it was announced that both parties were attempting to block President Donald Trump from selling $8 million in military equipment to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon, according to The New York Post.
According to the report, senators are attempting to pass 22 separate resolutions, all of which are supported by lawmakers from both parties, in order to block Trump’s plan to assist in arming the three countries without the review of Congress.
While both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates is seen as a United States ally, they are considered to have a less than stellar record on human rights.
Congress members who have backed the resolutions said that they hope to “protect and reaffirm Congress’ role of approving arms sales to foreign governments.”
“We are taking this step today to show that we will not stand idly by and allow the President or the Secretary of State to further erode Congressional review and oversight of arm sales,” said New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee according to the Post.