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Senate Heads Toward Showdown Vote on Saudi Arms Sale

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul opposes President Donald Trump’s proposed weapons sale to Saudi Arabia. The Senate is heading toward a showdown vote over the proposal.

A vote is expected Tuesday afternoon on whether to block the sale of an estimated $510 million in precision-guided munitions, part of Trump's proposed $110 billion arms package to Saudi Arabia. The resolution of disapproval is written by Senator Paul and Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy. They and human rights groups fear the weapons could be used in Yemen's civil war.

Paul says the United States should no longer be fueling the arms race in the Middle East. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky argued against blocking the sale, saying now is not the time to undermine a critical ally in the Arab world.

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