WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTNH) – Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy joined a bipartisan group of senators Thursday, to try to block the sale of some U.S. tanks and other heavy military equipment to Saudi Arabia. The Pentagon announced the proposed sale for $1.5 billion dollars in August.
“Saudi Arabia is an important partner, but their war in Yemen, funded by the U.S., has become a disaster that is making our country less safe every day,” said Murphy. “Thousands of civilians are being killed, and terrorist groups inside the country, like al Qaeda and ISIS, are getting stronger. Until the Saudis conduct changes, the U.S. should put a pause on further arms sales.”
Murphy joins Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), and Mike Lee (R-Utah) in introducing a joint resolution to stop the sale of the Abrams tanks and associated equipment.
Last month, 64 members of the U.S. House sent President Obama a letter asking him to delay the sale.