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PoliticsRepublican, Democratic senators seek to block Trump Saudi arms sales

17:05  05 june  2019
17:05  05 june  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Senator: Trump admin approved sharing nuclear tech with Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi killing

Senator: Trump admin approved sharing nuclear tech with Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi killing The Trump administration approved sending unclassified nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia twice after the death of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Democratic senator said Tuesday.One of the approvals came Oct. 18, 2018, 16 days after Khashoggi was killed, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said in a statement after seeing the approvals. The second came Feb. 18, 2019, he said."It has taken the Trump administration more than two months to answer a simple question-when did you approve transfers of nuclear expertise from American companies to Saudi Arabia? And the answer is shocking," Kaine said.

The effort, led by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, looks to "protect and reaffirm Congress' role of approving arms sales to foreign Earlier, lawmakers said that they would try to block President Trump 's plans to sell some .1 billion in arms sales to the three

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators will try to force nearly two dozen votes rebuking the Trump administration’s decision to declare a national emergency to circumvent Congress and sell billions of dollars of munitions to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Republican, Democratic senators seek to block Trump Saudi arms sales© Yuri Gripas Senators Lindsey Graham and Bob Menendez are leading the effort seeking to block President Trump's plan for military sales to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. WASHINGTON — Republican and Democratic U.S. senators said on Wednesday they would introduce 22 separate joint resolutions seeking to block President Donald Trump's plan to sidestep congressional review and complete more than $8 billion in military sales to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.

Backers of the effort said it was intended to "protect and reaffirm Congress' role of approving arms sales to foreign governments."

Senate planning bipartisan effort to block Trump’s emergency arms deals benefiting Saudi Arabia

Senate planning bipartisan effort to block Trump’s emergency arms deals benefiting Saudi Arabia The move comes as Sen. Tim Kaine, citing the Department of Energy, announced that the administration had approved two secret deals to transfer nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia after the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Menendez and Graham’s plans, for which they expect to enlist more bipartisan support, come as details emerge regarding seven secret nuclear technology transfers the Trump administration approved for Saudi Arabia — two of them following Khashoggi’s death. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), citing information from the Department of Energy, announced Tuesday that the Trump administration had allowed U.S.

Senator Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a close ally of The Arms Export Control Act gives Congress the right to vote on whether to stop major weapons sales by passing a resolution of disapproval.

President Donald Trump said Thursday he wants to move forward with major arms deals with Saudi Arabia, but senators from both Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, of Texas, said "it's premature" to say whether Congress would move to block arm sales to the Saudis, saying "we just need to make

The effort is led by Senators Bob Menendez, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Republican Lindsey Graham, one of his party's leading foreign policy voices who is often a close Trump ally.

Two other Republican senators — Rand Paul and Todd Young — and three Democrats — Chris Murphy, Patrick Leahy and Jack Reed — also joined the announcement.

Declaring an emergency because of tensions with Iran, the Trump administration informed congressional committees on May 24 that it was going ahead with the 22 military deals worth $8.1 billion, circumventing a long-standing precedent for lawmakers to review major weapons sales.

The decision angered members of both parties, who worried that Trump's decision to blow through the "holds" process would eliminate Congress' ability to prevent not just Trump but future presidents from selling weapons where they liked.

Announcing their plan to introduce the 22 resolutions, the senators said Trump's "unprecedented" action is at odds with longstanding practice and cooperation between Congress and the executive branch.

Reuters reported on Tuesday that lawmakers were working on responses to the administration's action and could file legislation within days.

Additional reporting by Makini Brice; editing by Susan Thomas

Senate rejects effort to block Trump's Qatar, Bahrain arms sales.
The Senate rejected an effort on Thursday by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to block President Trump's arms sales to Bahrain and Qatar.Senators voted 43-56 on discharging a resolution to block the Bahrain arms sale out of the Foreign Relations Committee. They voted 42-57 on moving the Qatar arms deal out of the committee, with both falling short of the simple majority needed to bring the resolutions to the Senate floor.Paul's resolutions, if

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