Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is dropping his bid to block a $735 million arms sale to Israel, capping off the long-shot Senate effort, an aide confirmed to The Hill.
Sanders will no longer try to force a vote on his resolution after being informed last week that the sale had been approved.
Sanders has also dropped a hold on State Department nominees that he had placed late last week, after speaking with Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, who discussed steps the administration is “preparing to take to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and across the Palestinian Territories.”
Sanders, according to an aide, told Sherman that “returning to the pre-war status quo was insufficient” and that he and other lawmakers were going to “push for greater debate to make sure that US arms sales do not support human rights abuses.”
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