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Congress Testy About US Arms Sales To Saudi, But Still Lack Votes

Posted by Paul McLeary on


A top State Dept. official had a rough reception at the Senate Armed Services Committee Wednesday, as Democrats and Republicans appear increasingly uneasy with US/Saudi ties.

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GOP & Dems Fight Trump To Stop $8B Saudi, UAE Arms Deals

Posted by Paul McLeary on


A key Trump ally, Sen. Lindsay Graham, bucks the White House on its proposed $8 billion arms sale.

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Saudis OK Billions in Arms Sales, Congress Not So Sure

Posted by Paul McLeary on


WASHINGTON: Even as Congress inches toward cutting off arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Riyadh’s grinding war in Yemen, the United States is preparing to ship $14.5 billion worth of arms to the increasingly embattled kingdom. Those weapons include “helicopters, tanks, ships, weapons, and training,” a… Keep reading →

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Senate Approps Joins House Boosting F-35 Buy; State Warns Turkey On JSF

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The two houses of Congress are yet to haggle over the final draft of the 2019 defense spending bill, but Turkey’s role is looking more precarious by the day.

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Corker-Menendez Iran Bill Better Be Just A First Step

Posted by Rebeccah Heinrichs on


Supporters of the Obama administration Iran deal have had a rough couple weeks. The bipartisan passage of the Corker-Mendez bill (the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015) out of the Foreign Relations Committee, conveyed in no uncertain terms that Congress is concerned enough about this deal to insist it have a voice. It also raises the question: how… Keep reading →

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Elections May Doom Obama’s Arms Export Reforms

Posted by Colin Clark on


NATIONAL PRESS CLUB: The ambitious arms export reforms proposed and largely prepared by the Obama administration may founder if the White House changes hands. The State, Commerce and Defense departments have completed “for all intents and purposes” the drafts of the major reforms after a week of all-day meetings. The administration has built a new… Keep reading →

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Long Odds Loom For Law Of The Sea In Senate

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: At 10 o’clock today, the Administration’s push to pass the Law of the Sea treaty will come before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. If history is any guide, that’s as far as it will ever get. Committee chairman Sen. John Kerry declined to give odds on ratification, saying that would be “premature”: “I just… Keep reading →

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