WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) released the following statement on his vote in support of the resolutions disapproving arm sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE):
“Today’s bipartisan vote disapproving of the Administration’s plan to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Emirates is a clear signal that even the Administration’s allies are fed up with attempts to circumvent Congressional authority and continue to provide arms to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
“We know that U.S. made weapons have been used to harm civilians and destroy critical infrastructure, and instead of imposing consequences for the misuse of U.S. weapons, the Administration is emboldening Saudi and Emirati scorched-earth tactics by fast-tracking the sale of these weapons.
“The humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen is gut-wrenching — Yemenis have endured the world’s largest-ever recorded outbreak of cholera, 24 million people are in dire need of lifesaving assistance, and 14 million Yemenis are currently at risk of famine. Now is not the time to arm Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and act as a complicit partner in the harm inflicted on thousands of innocent Yemeni civilians. Instead, it is time to hold both countries accountable for the atrocities they have committed.
“This latest end-run around Congress illustrates the worst of the Administration’s foreign policy impulses — a disregard for the checks and balances of our democracy, a desire to kowtow to autocrats, and a refusal to stand up for the world’s most vulnerable populations.”