The Senate overwhelmingly agreed to proceed with arms sales to Saudi Arabia on September 21, in effect casting the first vote on USA participation after 18 months of war in Yemen.
The bill passed with overwhelming bi-partisan majorities in both the House and the Senate so getting the 2/3 makority from each chamber should be relatively easy. "Everyone should understand that this is a proxy vote for whether we should be at war in the Middle East".
"It is outrageous that states have continued to supply the Saudi Arabia-led coalition with weapons, including guided and general goal aerial bombs and combat aircraft, despite stark evidence that those arms are being used to attack hospitals and other civilian objects and in other serious violations of global humanitarian law,"Amnesty International's Philip Luther, said".
If enacted, JASTA would change the law surrounding "sovereign immunity" - the doctrine that immunizes foreign states and agents for acts committed outside US boundaries. "It's very frustrating because it feels like (Obama) is letting us down, and it breaks my heart that the president of the United States would allow this to happen". He's also concerned about the diplomatic relations between the US and Saudi Arabia.
"Concern in Congress regarding the situation in Yemen and the US's heartless and disjointed approach to it will only grow stronger", Offenheiser added.
"This is a vote about whether we should be at war in Yemen", Paul said before the vote. Congress may have the votes to override the President's veto. The lawmakers warned about the "deeply troubling impact on civilians" in Yemen.
This week, Congress is debating the merits of blocking a $1.15 billion sale of USA weaponry to Saudi Arabia, with two South Carolina Republicans taking leading roles on opposite sides of the issue. US involvement in the war came under some extensive public scrutiny, and for the first time members of Congress were forced to go on the record on this question.
The lawmakers should know JASTA could significantly impede economic growth by stifling a healthy investment environment, where both American and foreign investors would have otherwise shaken hands without any fears of having their assets frozen over litigation that they have nothing to do with in the first place. Rand Paul and Democrat Sen. He noted the war in Yemen is killing large numbers of civilians and fueling extremism. Sen.
Beyond human rights concerns, Murphy argued the United States should signal its disapproval of Saudi Arabia's backing of Wahhabism beyond its borders.
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), on the other hand, opposed the bill. He has suggested that signing such a bill into law would result in reciprocal lawsuits against the US -an argument that is likely correct in light of his "drone war" on Islamic terrorist figures and its inherent collateral damage.
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Other information on the identity of the terrorists and the handlers have also been provided to Pakistan. The Pakistan Army said on Tuesday that it was battle-ready and keeping a close eye on the Indian border.
Saudi Arabia has a very mixed record on terrorism, however.
Over the past few years, al-Qaeda has tried to exploit women, whether in the countries that it targets, like Saudi Arabia, take advantage of women and children and also blackmail states in order to put pressure on them, or for money to fund the organization.
Whatever Saudi Arabia's faults, its defenders in the Senate stressed that the kingdom is a critical ally in a turbulent region.
At a meeting at the Center for the National Interest in Washington on Monday, Sen. Numerous tanks in the arms deal are to replace ones lost by Saudi Arabia in fighting along its border with Yemen. It's a reality that the USA deals with right now, and would continue to face - with or without this law. "The battle to force Saudi Arabia to stop its targeting of civilians in Yemen is far from over", Hartung explained.
The vote appears to mark the end of a spat that began in August, when the Obama administration informed lawmakers that despite the growing controversy over Yemen, it had approved another weapons sale to the Saudis.
Press TV: Do you see any time down the road in the future that the Saudis and the Americans in fact will be held to account for these arm sales going to a dictatorship?
Jeff Abramson, a senior fellow at the Arms Control Association, commended the incipient congressional action.
Others on the Hill argued that Saudi Arabia and other USA partners in the Persian Gulf need to arm themselves against an increasingly aggressive Iran.
With respect to security, many observers believe that this bill will foster a political environment that will paint an unflattering and grossly inaccurate image of the United States as an enemy of Islam and all of its practitioners.
A soldier looks through a hole in a building damaged after an airstrike by Saudi-led coalition in Sanaa, Yemen, Sept. 20, 2016.
Offenheiser continued, "Of course, the courage and common sense of a minority of senators will be cold comfort to the millions of Yemenis struggling to survive without adequate food or health services amidst daily bombing and shelling".