WASHINGTON, May 20 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday introduced a joint resolution blocking the recent sale of $735 million in weapons to Israel.
“At a moment when U.S.-made bombs are devastating Gaza, and killing women and children, we cannot simply let another huge arms sale go through without even a Congressional debate,” Sanders said. “I believe that the United States must help lead the way to a peaceful and prosperous future for both Israelis and Palestinians. We need to take a hard look at whether the sale of these weapons is actually helping do that, or whether it is simply fueling conflict.”
The resolution introduced by Sanders is privileged, which means the senator will have the option to bring it up for a vote.
The move comes after Democrats in the House of Representatives, led by Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), filed a similar resolution.
Read the resolution here.