(PM) — The Senate will decide Thursday to block President Trump’s controversial arms selling to Saudi Arabia, causing a confrontation with the White House.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced the Senate would hold three votes on the 22 sales that would also send weaponry to the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.
The resolutions blocking Trump’s arms sales are expected to pass the Senate, where they only need a simple majority. At least four Republicans are presumed to vote with all 47 Democrats to obstruct the arms deal.
House Democrats have also vowed to block the sales, setting up a massive veto showdown with Trump. Neither chamber will have the votes to reverse the vetoes.
The unusual move to block the sales reveals mounting frustration on Capitol Hill about the U.S.-Saudi relationship.
U.S.-Saudi relations have acerbated further amid increasing anxieties about Saudi Arabia’s association in the Yemeni civil war and Jamal Khashoggi’s 2018 death.
The administration has quoted a heightened threat from Iran as its rationale for bidding the emergency sales.