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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

H.R. 2037 – Saudi Arabian Sanctions: No

July 15, 2019
Vote Notes on Legislation

H.R. 2037 – Saudi Arabian Sanctions: No.  This bill requires the administration to determine who was responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, impose sanctions based on these findings, and demand that Saudi Arabia take a range of actions on human rights before the sanctions can be lifted.  Khashoggi, an early associate of Osama bin Laden, was not a U.S. citizen and was not murdered on U.S. soil.  It is likely Khashoggi was assassinated by Saudi operatives in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, Turkey, in retaliation for his criticism of the regime.  As heinous as his murder was, Congress has no business imperiling our government’s relations with Saudi Arabia at a time when it is playing a critical role in containing Iranian expansion in the region.