July 25, 2019 / 3:59 PM / a month ago

U.S. Senate panel backs Saudi sanctions measure

WASHINGTON, July 25 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday backed legislation that would impose some sanctions on the Saudi royal family and block some weapons sales, pushing back against President Donald Trump’s close ties to the kingdom.

The vote was 13-9 for the legislation, as three Republicans joined committee Democrats in backing the measure despite expected opposition from Trump. (Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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