The White House has chose to hold its own briefing before the Senate vote on the proposed legislation blocking the munition sale.
Both Schumer and Cardin voted to dispose of that disapproval resolution, which was over a separate Saudi arms sale approved under the Obama administration. Senator Cardin's pledge to vote against the deal is a key signal that will help other Senate Democrats vote against Trump's Saudi arms deal. The vote was as expected far closer than previous ones on previous arms deals, failing with just a 47-53 margin.
"Selling the Saudis precision-guided munitions that are going to be used to target civilians makes us complicit in this humanitarian and national security disaster", Murphy said in a statement. The two also argued that arming Saudi Arabia was an excellent way for the USA to move against Iran.
Franken, a co-sponsor of the resolution, cited Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, which he called "a tragedy that we can not continue to support". The rebel group, the Houthis, last week said it would no longer engage with United Nations envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed because of his alleged bias for the USA -backed Saudi-led coalition.
If the past is any indication, any time we sell weapons to an adversary of Israel, the Israelis are forced to purchase more and newer weapons which only escalates an arms race in the Middle East. In March, the Trump administration announced it meant to continue sales despite the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen.
"We had a vote [last year], and we lost the vote, which I think is a good example of losing the vote but changing the policy", Paul told Reason. The Obama administration had previously suspended a $400 million weapons sale to Saudi Arabia after an a Saudi Arabia-led coalition bombed a funeral hall in Yemen.
"We should be saying to the Saudis, 'If you want to do business with us, you've got to behave, '" Paul said on Bloomberg Television on Tuesday.
The handout provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on May 22, 2017, shows US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump waving as they board Air Force One before leaving Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia is not alone in receiving weapons from the United States - 103 nations bought weapons from the US from 2012 to 2016.
"The flaws of the Saudi government are real", said Sen.
In a June 8 letter signed by 41 human rights groups, including Win Without War, Project on Middle East Democracy, and the Yemen Peace Project, activists have called upon legislators to reject the Trump's administration's proposed arms deal.