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Senate Resolutions on Saudi Arabia
Dec 14, 2018 at 03:08 PM

The Quick Facts

  • Yesterday, December 13th, the Senate voted and passed two resolutions concerning U.S. foreign policy related to Saudi Arabia.
  • The first resolution, which was passed unanimously, addressed the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
  • It said the Senate believes that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is “responsible for the murder” and calls for the Saudi Arabian government to “ensure appropriate accountability.”
  • The second resolution recommended that U.S. end its military assistance in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. It passed at 56-41, with 49 Democrats and 7 Republicans voting in favor.
  • The resolution also describes the war in Yemen as a “humanitarian crisis” and demands that all parties seek an immediate cease-fire.
  • The House is unlikely to consider the Yemen resolution, as House leaders have added a provision that will make it difficult to call to the floor.

Food For Thought

How significant are the two foreign policy resolutions passed yesterday by the Senate? What will the consequences be?

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