"The bottom line is the United States should not be supporting a catastrophic war led by a despotic regime with a risky and irresponsible military policy", Sanders said in a Senate floor speech.
All five Republicans voted on Wednesday against advancing the resolution, which if passed, would force the United States to limit its support for the Saudi-UAE war in Yemen.
"What obviously happened, as basically certified by the Central Intelligence Agency, is completely abhorrent to everything the United States holds dear and stands for", said U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is considered a top ally of Trump, on Tuesday.
Blunt, one of the two Senators from Missouri, received at least $19,200 in campaign contributions from firms representing Saudi Arabia in 2017, the CIP said, with Boozman, Burr, Crapo and Scott, representing Arkansas, North Carolina, Idaho and SC respectively, receiving contributions ranging from $1,000-$2,500 between 2016 and 2017.
The bipartisan vote was viewed as a rebuke to both Saudi Arabia and the Trump administration, which is leading the war in Yemen, and President Trump for their handling of the Jamal Khashoggi murder, Senate leaders said.
On November 15, in the first Saudi confirmation of how Khashoggi was killed, the public prosecutor's office says the journalist was dismembered and parts of his body handed over to an agent outside the consulate grounds.
Color me a little skeptical until the sources for this report come out of the shadows. "Long-standing relationships guide but do not blind us", Mattis said. "Saudi Arabia, due to geography and the Iranian threat, is fundamental to maintaining regional and Israeli security, and to our interest in Mideast stability". The administration has downplayed and avoided confirming that assessment, and a number of senators said on Wednesday it was their understanding that the White House did not want Haspel to meet with lawmakers alongside Pompeo and Mattis.
The resolution does not explicitly halt US arms sales to Saudi Arabia, as folks like Sen.More news: Jamal Khashoggi: police search villa in Turkish town
Absent from the hearing was CIA Director Gina Haspel, who traveled to Turkey to review evidence, including an audiotape recording the brutal murder.
Worldwide, pressure has grown to punish Saudi Arabia for its role in the murder of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and USA resident who was tortured and killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.
Hundreds gathered on the streets of Tunis on Monday and Tuesday to vocally oppose the visit, raging against Mohammed bin Salman's apparent role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Saudi Arabia's destructive war in Yemen.
Mattis later told reporters at the Pentagon, "there is no smoking gun".
"Look, he [Salman] is responsible for this death [of Khashoggi]", said Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican.
In a vote of 63-37, senators backed a resolution sponsored by Sen. That said, it is far from clear that there are enough votes in the Senate to actually pass the bill - and it is nearly certain that the lame-duck Republican majority in the House will not take it up. He noted that the measure may yet be amended to find some middle ground. I needed to see what was said.
Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey accused the Trump administration of attempting to "stonewall" the Senate and called the absence of an intelligence official "outrageous".
Even if the Senate passes the resolution, it stands little to no chance of clearing the House, where GOP leaders already intervened once this month to block members from voting on a similar measure.