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Thu Jun 6, 2019, 11:19 AM

Paul to force votes on blocking Trump's Bahrain, Qatar arms sales

Source: The Hill

The Senate will vote next week on efforts by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to block arms sales to Bahrain and Qatar.

The two votes are expected to take place Thursday, though the exact timing hasn't yet been locked in by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). They have to take place by Friday as part of an agreement outlined by McConnell.

The Senate will vote on whether or not to discharge Paul's resolutions of disapproval, one on the sale to Bahrain and a separate on the Qatar arms sales, out of the Foreign Relations Committee. If he's successful it would kick the issue to the full Senate, and allow him to fast-track the two resolutions on the Senate floor.

The administration notified Congress last monththat it would sell missile systems and related equipment to Bahrain for approximately $2.478 billion. It also noticed a separate sale of missiles and other equipment tied to an aircraft fleet that would total $750 million. Paul's resolution appears to only block the second arms sale.

Read more: https://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/447291-paul-to-force-votes-on-blocking-trumps-bahrain-qatar-arms-sales

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