House Passes Bill to Block Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE

Jul 18, 2019

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives passed S.J.Res. 38, and two other measures today to block the sale of military weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. This legislation, which has already passed the Senate, rejects President Trump’s attempt to bypass Congressional approval on the sale of weapons being used in the deadly military campaign in Yemen.


Democratic Policy and Communications Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee who introduced the House version of S.J.Res. 38, issued the following statement:


“This administration has shown no interest in holding Saudi Arabia accountable for its malign behavior. Instead, the President has turned a blind eye to the torture and murder of a Washington Post journalist, widespread human rights abuses within the kingdom, as well as Saudi Arabia’s reckless and unacceptable brutality against civilians in Yemen.”


“The administration knew that these sales would draw scrutiny from Congress, so they invented an excuse to bypass the legal arms sale approval process. This disapproval has bipartisan support and has already passed the Senate. The President should accept the actions of Congress and cancel the sale of these weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE immediately. The American people have had enough of getting involved in foreign conflicts.”