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Foreign Affairs Committee Democrats Reject Trump Administration's End-Run Around Congress on Arms Sales to Gulf Countries, Promise New Legislation and Tough Oversight

FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE DEMOCRATS REJECT TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S END-RUN AROUND CONGRESS ON ARMS SALES TO GULF COUNTRIES, PROMISE NEW LEGISLATION AND TOUGH OVERSIGHT

 

Washington—Today, all Democratic members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs issued the statement below. Joining Chairman Eliot L. Engel in the statement were Representatives Brad Sherman (CA), Gregory Meeks (NY), Albio Sires (NJ), Gerald Connolly (VA), Ted Deutch (FL), Karen Bass (CA), William Keating (MA), David Cicilline (RI), Ami Bera (CA), Joaquin Castro (TX), Dina Titus (NV), Adriano Espaillat (NY), Ted Lieu (CA), Susan Wild (PA), Dean Phillips (MN), Ilhan Omar (MN), Colin Allred (TX), Andy Levin (MI), Abigail Spanberger (VA), Chrissy Houlahan (PA), Tom Malinowski (NJ), David Trone (MD), Jim Costa (CA), Juan Vargas (CA), and Vicente Gonzalez (TX):

 

“More than a week has passed since the Trump Administration flouted the law, trampled on the constitutional role of Congress, and pushed ahead with a massive and controversial arms sale to countries in the Gulf. We have reviewed the Administration’s explanation of the so-called ‘emergency’ in the Middle East that required circumventing Congressional oversight, and their case is utterly without merit. It cannot stand. Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee will soon introduce a series of measures to stop this sale from going forward, and next week we will demand answers from the Assistant Secretary of State who oversees the bureau responsible for arms transfers when he appears before our committee in an open hearing.”

 

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