Wednesday, June 14, 2017
U.S. Senate Narrowly Rejects Efforts To Block Saudi Arms Sales
The Hill: Senate rejects effort to block Saudi arms sale
The Senate on Tuesday narrowly rejected an effort to block part of President Trump’s $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia.
Senators voted 47-53 on advancing the resolution, falling short of the simple majority needed to move forward. GOP Sens. Mike Lee (Utah), Rand Paul (Ky.) Todd Young (Ind.) and Dean Heller (Nev.) voted with most Democrats to advance it.
Democratic Sens. Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Bill Nelson (Fla.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Mark Warner (Va.) voted against moving the measure.
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Update: Senate backs weapons sales to Saudi Arabia (Politico)
WNU Editor: This could have gone either way. But fortunately for the administration, a few Democrats crossed the aisle to save the deal .... Five Democrat Votes Allow Trump's Saudi Weapons Deal To Clear Senate (Zero Hedge).