Seven Republican senators joined all Democrats on Thursday to block the arms deal between President Trump and Saudi Arabia.
The sale, estimated at over $8 billion, would provide arms to Saudi Arabia, along with the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.
Trump was using an emergency deal to skip Congress’s 30-day review process for the 22 sales, which would be worth more than $8 billion. The deal would have provided weapons to Saudi Arabia, as well as the United Arab Emirates and Jordan, according to The Hill.
The Senate held three votes, the first going 53-45, as well as the second and third going both 51-45. Seven Republicans joined Democrats on the first two votes, while five Republicans joined Democrats on the second vote, Politico reported. Democrats needed only four Republicans to block the sale.
Five Republicans decided with Democrats to ban all presidents ‘ 22 weapons purchases. However, Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski decided to block two transactions but ruled for the extra 20 arms sales and Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee decided to block two purchases and was subsequently present for the third vote.
According to The Washington Post, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez originally submitted 22 rejection motions against purchases. However, after weeks of talks, Senate leaders decided to carry only three votes, with all resolutions included.
Here are the seven Republican senators who voted to block the arms sales:
- Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins
- South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham
- Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee
- Kansas Republican Sen. Jerry Moran
- Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski
- Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul
- Indiana Republican Sen. Todd Young
Graham said he hopes he’ll send a message to Saudi Arabia before the vote, saying “if you act the way you’re acting, there’s no space for strategic relations.”
In May, the Trump administration signed a $110 billion weapons deal with Saudi Arabia.
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