Senate votes to block Trump’s $8 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia

The U.S. Senate passed three resolutions on Thursday in an attempt to block President Trump’s $8 billion sale of munitions to Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries.

Seven Republicans voted alongside unanimous support from Democrats, but the resolutions failed to gain enough support to override a presidential veto.

Trump announced the sales last month, invoking an emergency provision to bypass Congress. But congressional members from both sides of the aisle have taken issue with Trump’s workaround.

“This vote is a vote for the powers of this institution to be able to continue to have a say on one of the most critical elements of U.S. foreign policy and national security,” said Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), who co-sponsored the bill.

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