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Concerned about the kingdom's response to a popular uprising, members of Congress aim to bloc a $53m sale.
US members of Congress, concerned about the Bahraini government's response to a popular uprising, introduced a rare measure that would halt a $53m arms sale to the Gulf Arab state.
US Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon and US Representative James McGovern of Massachusetts, both Democrats, said they introduced resolutions in both houses of Congress on Friday to prevent the sale of US weapons to Bahrain "until meaningful steps are taken to improve human rights" there.
"Selling weapons to a regime that is violently suppressing peaceful civil dissent and violating human rights is antithetical to our foreign policy goals and the principle of basic rights for all that the US has worked hard to promote," Wyden said in a statement posted on his website.