FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 14, 2018
Contact: Press@paul.senate.gov, 202-224-4343
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) announced he has secured a vote to proceed to S.J. Res. 65, his resolution of disapproval to block the sale of offensive weapons and support to Bahrain, a member of the Saudi-led coalition waging a devastating war in Yemen that has killed thousands of innocent civilians and left millions of Yemenis on the edge of famine.
The Senate is expected to vote early Thursday afternoon.
“This vote is about more than yet another arms sale. The Senate has a chance to stand up for innocent life, speak out against a humanitarian tragedy that is getting worse by the day, and demonstrate it will not support further destruction in Yemen,” said Dr. Paul.
Amid growing international calls to end the war in Yemen, Dr. Paul’s resolution would block the sale of an estimated $300 million in high-explosive rocket artillery and associated training and support to Bahrain.
The Arms Export Control Act of 1976 provides the special procedures whereby a senator can force a vote on an arms sale.
Dr. Paul has previously led multiple bipartisan efforts to stand against U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen by blocking arms sales to Saudi Arabia.