House Votes to Block Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE

Senate versions of bills passed last month

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed bills expressing disapproval of US arms sales to both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The bills passed 238-190, with four Republicans supporting the bills. A third vote also passed 237-190.

The House bills mirror Senate versions which were passed last month over the objection of the Trump Administration. President Trump has threatened to veto them, and Congress appears to lack the two-thirds majority needed to override such a veto.

Such a veto is likely to rile up more Congressional action, however, as President Trump’s very public desire to protect US arms sales, even after the Saudi murder of Jamal Khashoggi, has been viewed as distasteful by many.

Arms packages related to this deal are worth an estimated $8 billion. Trump Administration officials tried to spin the sales as being primarily about fighting Iran, as did Republicans who opposed the House vote.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.