Congress Must Act On Huge Saudi Arms Sales « Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary

Congress should use its considerable power under U.S. law to compel Trump administration officials to answer a basic question about the $110 billion package of arms sales to Saudi Arabia: does it serve the U.S. national security interest at this specific time. If the answer is no, then Congress should oppose them. While many may not know it, Congress possesses considerable authority to block an arms sale that lawmakers view as unwise, unwarranted, or contrary to the national security interests of the United States. Under the Arms Export Control Act, any senator can file a discharge petition in order to force a full debate and vote on the matter– a mechanism that was last used by Sens. Rand Paul, Chris Murphy, Mike Lee, and Al Franken in September 2016 in an attempt to block a $1.15 billion military export to the Saudis. Sens. Paul, Murphy, and Franken are reasserting themselves again on defense exports, this time challenging a portion of President Trump’s Saudi arms package, one that includes precision-guides munitions. All three senators cite Saudi Arabia’s indiscriminate bombing in Yemen and failure to distinguish between military and civilian targets as reasons for filing the re

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