CONGRESSMAN LIEU INTRODUCES BILL TO BLOCK U.S. ARMS SALES TO SAUDI ARABIA

September 20, 2016
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) introduced bipartisan legislation to block the proposed arms sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The legislation was co-led by Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R | South Carolina) and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D | Hawaii) and has been introduced in the Senate by Sens. Rand Paul, Chris Murphy, Al Franken and Mike Lee.

“There is overwhelming evidence that the Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen is bombing innocent civilians in Yemen. When hospitals and schools become military targets, this is cause for serious concern, not just for our national security but also for our moral standing around the world.  My legislation begins the process in the House of Representatives to block the proposed arms sale to Saudi Arabia. The United States of America should not be aiding and abetting these atrocities and should immediately halt any activity to sell additional arms to the Saudis.”

Additional Background

In August 2016, Congressman Lieu led a bipartisan group of 64 Members of Congress in sending a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to postpone the sale of new arms to Saudi Arabia. The letter raised concerns regarding the Saudi-led Coalition’s killing of civilians. Previously, Congressman Lieu had repeatedly raised similar concerns, sending letters to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretaries John Kerry and Ash Carter. He also introduced legislation to establish new guidelines for weapons sales to Saudi Arabia.
 

THE FULL TEXT OF THE LEGISLATION CAN BE FOUND HERE.


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