WASHINGTON, June 20 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to block the Trump administration's effort to complete 22 arms sale to three Arab countries without congressional review.
With the endorsement of several Republican senators, the Senate voted 53-45 on two resolutions to block two of the sales, and later voted 51-45 to block the rest 20 arms sales.
The votes on Thursday demonstrated lawmakers' discontent with the Trump administration's decision last month to bypass the review process of Congress to complete the 8.1-billion-U.S.-dollar arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Jordan.
Citing the humanitarian crisis in Yemen conflict and the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the U.S. Congress has put on hold the pending arms sale to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
The Trump administration announced last month that it would invoke "emergency" provision of the Arms Export Control Act to complete 22 pending arms sales to the three U.S. regional partners to deter Iranian threats.
"These partnerships are not a blank check for weapons and direct support for a campaign that is decidedly working against U.S. interests in the region," said Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, who sponsored the resolutions.
House Democrats have pledged that they would also pass resolutions blocking the sale, according to U.S. media.
However, neither chamber is expected to gain the two-thirds votes necessary to override vetoes from the Trump administration. U.S. media reported that the White House had planned to veto congressional efforts to block arms sale.