Sen. Murphy joins push to stop tank sale to Saudi Arabia

FILE - In this June 16, 2016 file photo, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., left, accompanied by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats get their long-sought votes on gun control a week after the massacre in Orlando, Florida, but the prospects for any election-year changes in the nation’s laws are dim. The four votes on Monday, June 20, 2016, are the result of a deal after Murphy filibustered for almost 15 hours in response to the Orlando shooting. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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.

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