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three the nays are for US Senate voted to block the sale of billions of dollars in arms to Saudi Arabia the United Arab Emirates in other countries on Thursday a sharp rebuke to trump who attempted to side step Congress's review of arms deals by declaring an emergency over Iran trump has pledged to veto the legislation in mall seven Republicans joined the Democrats on the resolutions it wasn't enough to reach the sixty seven votes needed to override a veto Thursday's vote was led by Democrat Bob Menendez and Republican Lindsey Graham who said they wanted to send a bi partisan message to Saudi Arabia that Washington is not happy about human rights abuses including the murder of journalist you mock shogi at the Saudi consulate in Turkey many senators have also expressed deep concern with Saudi Arabia and the UAE over steep civilian casualties in Yemen with the two countries are battling a run back to the rebels members of Congress objected to the latest sales with eight point one billion dollars because it cut lawmakers out of what they see as their duty to oversee such sales