Lindsey Graham crosses aisle to give Dems the votes they need

Senate Democrats, along with a few Republicans believe that they have the votes to block a Trump administration Saudi arms sale, potentially making way for a presidential veto.

The Senate is expected to take up 22 resolutions of disapproval possibly next week, to block the sale, soon after President Donald Trump invoked an emergency provision under the Arms Export Control Act to push through the sales without a congressional review period, The Hill reported.

Every Democratic senator is expected to support the resolutions, along with three Republicans, Senators Rand Paul (Ky.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Todd Young (Ind.), which would allow for majority support.

Senators Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, and Todd Young, a Republican from Indiana, said in a recent 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, according to The New York Post.

“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.

“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.