Senate Bill Would Remove US Troops From Saudi Arabia in 30 Days

Bill would place tariffs on Saudi oil customers

A new bill was introduced by Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) which, if passed, would remove all US troops from Saudi Arabia within 30 days. The resolution is related to the low price of oil, and the struggle for US companies, particularly in Louisiana, to compete.

The troop pullout is meant to punish the Saudis over failure to cut oil production. The bill also aims to impose tariffs on countries that are continuing to buy oil from Saudi Arabia, to try to make US oil more competitive.

This is the second anti-Saudi resolution introduced in the Senate related to oil prices, and while they seem unlikely to pass for now, they may reflect another round of frustration at Saudi policies running afoul of US interests.

The Cassidy bill does not cover US Patriot missiles or THAAD deployments in the region, and there is no date for the bill to be taken up, with the Senate out at least until April 20 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.