2008-01-25 / Community

Weiner,100 House Members Say No To Saudis

Representative Anthony Weiner has announced that 100 members of the House of Representatives have cosponsored his Joint Resolution of Disapproval to stop the proposed sale of $123 million worth of some of the United States' most advanced weapons and technology to Saudi Arabia, a known sponsor and financier of terrorism.

This proposed sale, which the President announced during his visit to Saudi Arabia earlier this week, is part of a larger $20 billion package of weapons the administration wants to send to the Saudis.

This latest piece of the larger arms deal includes 900 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs) tail kits, which will vastly improve the all weather capability of the Royal Saudi Air Force.

Current law provides Congress 30 days to pass a Resolution of Disapproval, otherwise the sale will proceed.

"The 100 cosponsors on this legislation demonstrate the level of opposition to this deal in Congress," said Rep. Weiner, "and it is my hope that members of the House will be given the opportunity to vote on this Resolution of Disapproval.

The Saudis have at every turn been uncooperative with us, and the idea that we are going to reward them with precision weaponry is a stunningly bad idea."

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