Posted by WeAreChange on June 14, 2017 12:33 am

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A group of Republican and Democrat senators teamed up on Tuesday to block the United States from completing part of a major arms deal with Saudi Arabia. The Senate failed to advance the resolution in a 47-53 vote.

Heading to the floor to speak on my Resolution of Disapproval on selling arms to Saudi Arabia.

— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) June 13, 2017

By invoking the Arms Export Control Act of 1976, U.S. Senators Rand Paul (Republican-KY) and Chris Murphy (Democrat-Conn), introduced a resolution disapproving of President Trump’s plan to sell Saudi Arabia $510 million of precision-guided munitions which make up a portion of the $110 billion deal Trump announced during his visit there.

They can’t avoid the vote today. I forced it through a privileged motion. So let’s talk about whether or not to arm Saudi Arabia

— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) June 13, 2017

Paul called out Trump on the legitimacy of the US’s actions in Yemen:

“Today we will discuss an arms sale to Saudi Arabia that threatens the lives of millions of Yemenis but we will discuss something even more important than an arms sale. We will discuss whether we should be actively involved. Should the United States be actively involved with refueling the Saudi planes, with picking targets, with having advisers on the ground? Should we be at war in Yemen? If you remember your constitution it says no president has that authority, only to repel imminent attack but no president alone has the unilateral authority to take us to war.”

[RELATED: Media Silent As Saudi Arabia Devastates Yemen Into Famine]

Today we will discuss an arms sale to Saudi Arabia that threatens the lives of millions of Yemenis… pic.twitter.com/aX56BIvg6Q

— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) June 13, 2017

Paul made an impassioned and well informed speech detailing every reason why a war with Yemen is a bad idea and the dreadful human cost. He mentioned Ali al-Nimr who is being held prisoner in Saudi.

Ali was just 17 years old when he was sentenced to death by crucifixion in the wake of the Arab Spring pro-democracy uprising. He was accused of participation in an illegal demonstration.

Five Birthdays in Prison for #Ali_AlNimr #FreeThe3 #OpNimr https://t.co/iMgwfTRLQX

— Raymond Johansen (@RayJoha2) June 13, 2017

Paul displayed a large poster depicting a starving (now deceased) Yemeni child while he called on fellow lawmakers to back his resolution.

Paul pointed out how most are wasting time on the Trump Russia non-sense instead of taking notice of this humanitarian disaster:

“Nobody in America is listening to this. Everybody is paying attention to some silly show trial, silly stuff going on in committees. Nobody is talking about this at all. They say it

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