7 Senators Are Trying To Block Trump's Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia

7 Senators Are Trying To Block Trump's Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia
Seven senators introduced 22 resolutions aimed at blocking 22 sales that the White House pushed through without congressional approval.

On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of seven senators announced a series of resolutions with the aim of blocking the Trump administration's planned sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Sen. Bob Menendez, Sen. Lindsey Graham and five others introduced 22 resolutions to block 22 sales the Trump administration had pushed forward without congressional review.

Back in May, the administration invoked an emergency provision in the Arms Export Control Act that let it move forward with arms sales totaling up to $8 billion to Saudi Arabia, UAE and Jordan.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at the time the sales were necessary in order to respond to the "malign influence of the government of Iran throughout the Middle East region."

Congress has never tried to block a sale pushed through by the White House using an emergency declaration, so it's unclear if the resolutions would actually work. The measures would also have to win enough congressional support to override a likely veto from the president.