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Trump Wins Veto Fight With Senate to Allow Arms Sales to Saudis

Trump Wins Veto Fight With Senate to Allow Arms Sales to Saudis(Bloomberg) — The Senate lost a bid to override President Donald Trump’s veto and block arms sales to Saudi Arabia to punish the kingdom for the murder of columnist Jamal Khashoggi.The votes Monday demonstrate the limits of Congress’ ability to act as a check on the president’s policies, even on foreign policy issues where some Republicans oppose the president’s position. Only a handful of GOP senators joined Democrats in voting to override the vetoes. None of the three resolutions got more than 46 votes — far short of the two-thirds majority needed.Senator Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, said Saudi Arabia has been targeting civilians in its war against Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen.“There are few days in this body when we can say our votes will save lives,” Menendez of New Jersey said on the Senate floor just before the votes. “Today is such a day.“The three resolutions were intended to halt what House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer called “the most controversial and significant sales contemplated,” including precision-guided munitions for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Lawmakers are increasingly questioning the war in Yemen that has resulted in one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.Congress had passed the measures with support from both parties after Trump used an emergency declaration to allow $ 8.1 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E. and other countries over congressional objections.Trump vetoed the measures on July 24, saying that blocking the sales “would weaken America’s global competitiveness and damage the important relationships we share with our allies and partners.” It was the third veto of his administration and the second related to Saudi Arabia.Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a key Trump ally who has clashed with the president on this issue, had said last week that he wasn’t optimistic the override effort would succeed.“I doubt that’ll happen but we’ll try,” said Graham of South Carolina.The day after Trump issued his vetoes, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee advanced a new measure that would halt arms sales to the kingdom and impose sanctions on those found responsible for Khashoggi’s killing, including Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman if he is found to have played a role in the murder. The measure is sponsored by Menendez and three Republicans, including Graham.To contact the reporter on this story: Daniel Flatley in Washington at dflatley1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Anna Edgerton, Laurie AsséoFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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House votes to block Trump administration's weapons deal with Saudi Arabia amid veto threat

House votes to block Trump administration's weapons deal with Saudi Arabia amid veto threatThe vote highlights backlash against a weapons deal for $ 8.1 billion in bombs, precision-guided missiles and other weapons to the Saudis and its allies.



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Trump's Border Emergency Survives as Veto Override Falls Short

Trump's Border Emergency Survives as Veto Override Falls ShortThe 248-181 vote Tuesday was short of the two-thirds majority needed to overturn Trump’s first veto, as most Republicans voted against the resolution despite the public unpopularity of the emergency declaration. The vote kills Democrats’ legislative effort to rein in Trump’s plan to fund a wall on the border with Mexico, and it demonstrates the president’s enduring influence over GOP lawmakers. “Today, congressional Democrats attempted to block the president’s National Emergency Declaration – they failed,” the White House said in a statement on Tuesday evening.



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U.S. House fails to override Trump veto, upholding border wall emergency

U.S. House fails to override Trump veto, upholding border wall emergencyDemocrats who control the House did not attract enough Republican support, falling some three dozen votes short of the two-thirds majority vote needed to overturn Trump’s veto. Just 14 Republicans joined 234 Democrats in voting to override, one more Republican than had bucked Trump in a previous House vote on the border wall emergency. With the 248-181 tally, Trump is now likely to continue scouring federal accounts for money he wants redirected to building a border wall, which he says is needed to curb illegal immigration and drug trafficking.



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Trump news – live: House fails to override president's veto, as impeachment vote numbers are under 'consideration'

Trump news - live: House fails to override president's veto, as impeachment vote numbers are under 'consideration'Donald Trump will use the favourable outcome of the Mueller report to go after his enemies in Washington with a “political bludgeon”, an aide has warned. The FBI special counsel’s 22-month investigation found no evidence of his having colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election, according to attorney-general William Barr, who reviewed the filing over the weekend after being appointed by the president in February. “In terms of political payback, the people that I’ve talked to in the White House over the last 24 hours talk about what this means for 2020 and where we go from here.



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Trump issues first veto, continuing border 'emergency'

Trump issues first veto, continuing border 'emergency'President Trump issued the first veto of his presidency, striking down a resolution that would have terminated his national emergency declaration diverting funding to build the wall.



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GOP's Paul to Oppose Trump's Emergency, Likely Forcing Veto

GOP's Paul to Oppose Trump's Emergency, Likely Forcing Veto“I can’t vote to give the president the power to spend money that hasn’t been appropriated by Congress,” Paul said in a speech during the Southern Kentucky Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday, the Bowling Green Daily News reported on its website. Paul said of Trump’s Feb. 15 declaration, which the president said allows him to take billions of dollars from other parts of the budget to use for a border wall, “We may want more money for border security, but Congress didn’t authorize it.



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Republican defections on national emergency set up Trump's 1st veto

Republican defections on national emergency set up Trump's 1st vetoSen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., says he will vote to block President Trump’s national emergency declaration — a move that likely gives the Senate enough votes to pass a resolution that would nullify the declaration.



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Russia, China Veto UN Resolution Seeking Venezuela Elections

Russia, China Veto UN Resolution Seeking Venezuela ElectionsNine council members voted in favor, while South Africa joined Russia and China in voting no, and three abstained. To pass, a resolution needs nine votes in support and no vetoes by the five permanent members, which include Russia and China.



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The Latest: Trump vows veto if border resolution passed

The Latest: Trump vows veto if border resolution passedWASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's decision to declare a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border to get financing of a wall on that border (all times local):



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