In direct response/retaliation for the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, a bi-partisan teams of 21 members of the US House of Representatives has introduced a new bill calling for the complete ban of military aid and weapons to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the immediate future. However, the move should be thought of as nothing more than a symbolic effort, and I say this because United States Congress has already attempted to block or ban arm deals/transfers to Saudi Arabia multiple times over the course of the last several years, and every single one of these measures has failed or been voted down. Therefore, one has no other reason than to believe this latest Bill will also fall straight on its face.
To date, it is estimated that the United States military industrial complex has sold Saudi Forces 188.5 Billion dollars worth of arms and munitions over the course of the last 10 years. Meanwhile, led by Saudi forces, the United Nations has proclaimed the situation/Civil War in Yemen to be the single greatest human rights disaster/tragedy on planet Earth at the present moment in time. To date an estimated +50,000 people have died as a result of the conflict in Yemen, another 50,000 have died of famine/food shortages, while more than 3 million Yemeni citizens have become displaced by the violence. Moreover, using these same US manufactured arms and munitions, the United Nations claims that Saudi led forces are responsible for greater than 2/3’s of the combined death total in Yemen.
Official House Bill Introduced by Jim McGovern: