US Senate backs missile sale to Saudi Arabia


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US Senate backs missile sale to Saudi Arabia
Senate votes 62 to 25 against resolution that would have prohibited sale of 280 advanced air-to-air missiles to Saudi Arabia.
Elad Benari

The US Senate on Tuesday rejected a resolution that would have prohibited the proposed sale of 280 advanced medium range air-to-air missiles to Saudi Arabia, Reuters reported. The vote was 62 to 25 against the resolution, which was introduced by Republicans Rand Paul and Mike Lee, as well as Bernie Sanders, who caucuses with Democrats. Before the vote, the White House said it strongly opposes the resolution.

Passage of the Senate resolution "would undermine the president's commitment to aid in our partner's defenses at a time of increased missile and drone attacks against civilians in Saudi Arabia," the White House Office of Management of Budget said in a statement.

The US State Department last month approved the sale of the 280 air-to-air missiles valued at up to $650 million, its first major arms sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under President Joe Biden. The package would include 280 AIM-120C-7/C-8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM), 596 LAU-128 Missile Rail Launchers (MRL) along with containers and support equipment, spare parts, U.S. Government and contractor engineering and technical support.