Senate to vote Monday on overriding Trump’s Saudi arms deal vetoes
“This resolution would weaken America’s global competitiveness and damage the important relationships we share with our allies and partners,” he wrote in veto messages to Congress released by the White House on Wednesday evening.
The 22 arms sales, estimated to be worth more than $8 billion, would provide weapons to Saudi Arabia, as well as the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.
Trump used an “emergency” provision of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) to sidestep the 30-day notification to lawmakers about a pending sale.
Under the AECA, lawmakers can block an arms sale with only a simple majority, instead of the 60 votes normally needed to pass legislation in the Senate. But they still need two-thirds of both chambers to override a veto.
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