Posted by 08 February 2019
This week the U.S. Senate passed S. 1, legislation that dealt with military aid to both Israel and Jordan.
Here is how VoteSpotter describes that bill:
Reauthorize military aid to Israel and Jordan
To reauthorize military assistance and arm sales to Israel and Jordan. The bill also authorizes state and local governments to pass measures to remove investments from entities that boycott or sanction Israel.
Senators supported it by a vote of 77-23.
As part of that bill, senators incorporated this amendment offered by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:
Oppose troop withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan
To amend a Middle East defense bill express the sense of the Senate that there continues to be terrorism threats in Syria and Afghanistan and that the sudden withdrawal of U.S. troops from those nations will put U.S. national security at risk.
Senators supported it by a vote of 70-26. It was a clear rebuke of President Trump’s recent announcement that he would withdraw troops from Syria. While this may be a significant symbolic vote, it was merely a “senate of the Senate” vote that had no force of law.
Do you approve of the Senate voting to reauthorize military aid to Israel and Jordan? Do you support President Trump’s removal of troops from Syria?