Bipartisan group of senators takes aim at proposed $23 billion weapons sale to United Arab Emirates

Bipartisan group of senators takes aim at proposed $23 billion weapons sale to United Arab Emirates


A bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday unveiled legislation to reject a massive weapons sales to the United Arab Emirates that has been approved by the State Department.

The Trump administration earlier this month formally notified Congress of its intent to sell $23 billion worth of Reaper drones, munitions, air-to-air missiles and 50 F-35 joint strike fighters to the UAE.

Congress must approve all foreign weapons sales after they have been authorized by the State Department.

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Sens. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Chris Murphy, Connecticut Democrat; and Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, on Wednesday introduced four separate resolutions of disapproval rejecting the weapons sale.

The lawmakers said the Trump administration is attempting to “rush” the sale and claimed the White House “circumvented the informal congressional review process that grants the Congressional committees of jurisdiction time to ensure proposed arms sales of this magnitude are consistent with U.S. values, national security objectives,

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