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Wed Jul 17, 2019, 06:56 PM

House votes to block sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia

Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is heading for a showdown with President Donald Trump after the House voted on Wednesday to block his administration from selling billions of dollars in weapons and maintenance support to Saudi Arabia.

Trump, who has sought to forge closer ties with Riyadh, has pledged to veto the resolutions of disapproval that passed the Democratic-led House largely along party lines. Two of the resolutions passed with 238 votes, while a third was approved with 237. Each of the measures garnered just four Republican backers.

The Senate cleared the resolutions last month, but like the House, fell well short of a veto-proof majority. Overturning a president’s veto requires a two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate.

Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, accused the Trump administration of circumventing Congress and the law to move ahead with the arms sale. He called the resolutions “extraordinary but necessary” to stop “a phony emergency to override the authority of Congress.”

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By RICHARD LARDNER
14 minutes ago


Read more: https://apnews.com/4f7a8c7cd10a45ca9f1b54bd068d1dc7

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Jul 17, 2019, 07:01 PM

1. good, keep arms away from this dictator regime. nt

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Response to yaesu (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 17, 2019, 07:34 PM

2. It's meaningless. The bone sawers are still getting their weapons

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Response to yaesu (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 17, 2019, 08:19 PM

6. They can still buy Russian or Chinese etc... money talks nt

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Response to EX500rider (Reply #6)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 12:06 AM

9. That is fine

I don't want US weapons bombing Yemen.

People want us to invade to Venezuela but also want us to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia. Time to cut them off.

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Response to JonLP24 (Reply #9)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 08:11 AM

11. Good point...if the gop can use the mantra...


"we don't want our tax dollars funding abortion"

then I can use the mantra "i don't want my tax dollars killing innocent people!"

We will see what happens....The weapons industry has been getting some negative press lately...

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Response to Maxheader (Reply #11)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 03:00 PM

12. "i don't want my tax dollars killing innocent people!"

I don't think tax dollars are involved, Saudi has the $ to pay for their weapons purchases from private companies after the US green lights the sale.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Jul 17, 2019, 07:50 PM

3. Good for the House. That's a start.

 

But I don't think we stop this until we get rid of Trump. Maybe add it to the bills of impeachment.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Jul 17, 2019, 07:53 PM

4. Good.

Now if we could only vote to disarm the Rethugs.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Jul 17, 2019, 07:59 PM

5. Jared won't like that one bit. nt

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 17, 2019, 08:48 PM

7. Why not? The sale will still take place as Trump will veto it and the Repugnants are to spineless

to buck him.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 17, 2019, 09:58 PM

8. He won't like the insolence. But if course he will get his way in this immoral administration. nt

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 12:12 AM

10. This is great news. Standing up for what's right.

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