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US Senate permits arms sale to Saudi

The US Senate on Tuesday voted against a path forward for a resolution that would have banned a proposed weapons sale to Saudi Arabia. The Biden administration pushed for the sale, arguing that the arms are “defensive” in nature.
The resolution would have blocked the export of roughly 650 million dollars’ worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia.
The arms package includes almost 600 Raytheon-made missile launchers and nearly 300 air-to-air missiles as well as spare parts and maintenance support.
The vote of 30 to 67 against the motion to discharge the joint resolution from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee effectively ensures the weapons sale will proceed regardless of how the House might have voted on the measure.
The Biden administration also asserted an arms export ban by Congress would jeopardize its efforts to “lead with diplomacy” to end the fighting in Yemen, which has been taking place for nearly seven years.