Thursday 11th Jul 2019
Senate Republicans are apparently seeking a way to punish the Saudi Royal family over alleged human rights crimes by denying visas for members of the kingdom’s Royal Family.
Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Jim Risch, an Idaho Republican, unveiled new legislation today that could potentially bar Saudi Royals from entering the U.S – if signed into law, hundreds of people could face a travel ban including embassy staff.
“This legislation is an effort to move the U.S./Saudi relationship in a different direction and I am hopeful to have the support of my colleagues in doing so,” Risch said in a statement. “We are all in agreement that we need to see a change in Saudi conduct going forward, and this bill would have a real impact in doing that.”
The bill, S. 2066, has two Democratic co-sponsors: Sens. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Chris Coons of Delaware. The committee plans to vote on it this month, along with a bill from the panel’s ranking Democrat, Bob Menendez, to bar some arms sales to Saudi Arabia and impose sanctions over the killing of the columnist Jamal Khashoggi. That measure is co-sponsored by Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican and Trump ally who has urged the administration to take a tougher stance with the Saudis.