Sending Office: Honorable James P. McGovern
Sent By:
Cindy.Buhl@mail.house.gov

It’s Time to Hold Saudi Arabia Accountable

Prohibit U.S. Military Aid and Arms Sales

(New bill to be introduced on Tuesday, October 23rd)

 

 

Original Cosponsors: Jim McGovern, Debbie Dingell, Thomas Massie, Jan Schakowsky, Peter Welch, Jared Huffman, John Lewis, Mark DeSaulnier, Frank Pallone, Jr.,
Walter Jones, Mark Pocan, Barbara Lee, Rick Nolan, Peter DeFazio, Ro Khanna, Jackie Speier, Chellie Pingree

Dear Colleague,

We invited you to join us in introducing bipartisan legislation to prohibit U.S. security assistance and arms sales to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The president may request a waiver for such assistance and arms sales on a case-by-case basis, which Congress
would then need to approve by joint resolution. Waiver requests would be accompanied by a report informing Congress of how such aid or sales advance U.S. national security and defense interests; the status of the investigation and bringing to justice those
responsible for the murder of journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi; and a description of the state of human rights, including freedom of the press, in Saudi Arabia.

Late Friday night, October 19th, the Saudi government admitted that Mr. Khashoggi died on the premises of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, ostensibly from a fist-fight. This has led the Saudi authorities to fire several intelligence officers
and arrest others. With Saudi culpability for the murder of Khashoggi now established, it’s time for decisive action by Congress to hold the Saudi’s accountable. October 20th news reports in the Washington Post and New York Times note that U.S.
intelligence agencies have now received from the Turkish government and listened to the audio recordings of the slaying of Khashoggi, and are working to verify the authenticity of these recordings. I would like to bring to your attention an Op-Ed by Nicholas
Kristof, More Insulting Lies from Saudi Arabia, regarding the Saudi’s latest attempt to cover-up and whitewash the events that led to Jamal Khashoggi’s death:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/19/opinion/saudi-arabia-mohammed-bin-salman-jamal-khashoggi-lies.html
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To become an original cosponsor of this bill, or for more information, please contact Cindy Buhl (McGovern) at
cindy.buhl@mail.house.gov. Deadline to be an original cosponsor is
COB Monday, October 22nd.

Sincerely,

James P. McGovern

Member of Congress

(P.S.: This is a new, stronger version of an earlier bill, H.R. 7070, which tied ending the prohibition on military aid and sales to a certification.)

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