Update 4pm EST:The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to dismiss a bipartisan bill that would have blocked a massive $1.15 billion weapons shipment to Saudi Arabia, to the dismay of peace groups and rights advocates who have called on the U.S. to end its support for the brutal Saudi bombing campaign in Yemen.The bipartisan resolution to block the weapons sale failed 71-27, with two senators not voting.During the floor debate, many of those in favor of the weapons sale echoed Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who declared: \u0022This is a sale that benefits us.\u0022 Although even Corker admitted Saudi Arabia is not a \u0022perfect ally\u0022 and that many civilians had been killed in Yemen, he argued that the massive sale of new weapons should be approved because it will benefit the U.S. economically. Corker further claimed that arming the Saudi regime serves U.S. geopolitical interests by pushing back against the Iranians, who support the anti-Saudi Houthi factions in Yemen.Voting in favor of the arms deal were right-wing senators such as Corker and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) alongside several centrist Democrats, such as Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).\u0022The courage and common sense of a minority of senators will be cold comfort to the millions of Yemenis struggling to survive without adequate food or health services amidst daily bombing and shelling.\u0022—Ray Offenheiser, Oxfam AmericaBut many progressives said that they were at least heartened to see the much-ignored issue of Saudi Arabia\u0026#039;s human rights abuses in Yemen be debated publicly on Capitol Hill—and urged elected officials to sustain that debate.\u0022For nearly a year and a half, the United States has fueled a conflict that has threatened the lives of millions in Yemen without any meaningful debate. The parties fighting this war—including the Saudi-led coalition supported by the U.S.—have demonstrated a startling indifference to civilian lives,\u0022 said Oxfam America president Ray Offenheiser. \u0022Today, for the first time since the war in Yemen began, 27 senators voiced the first cries of dissent against our government\u0026#039;s unconditional and unlimited support for the Saudi-led coalition.\u0022\u0022The very fact that we are voting on [this resolution to block the arms sale] today sends a very important message to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia that we are watching your actions closely and that the United States is not going to turn a blind eye to the indiscriminate killing of men, women and children,\u0022 Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said during the floor debate.\u0022Today\u0026#039;s vote should [...] be the beginning, not the end, of a larger debate involving America\u0026#039;s involvement in the war in Yemen, where a Saudi-led military campaign has resulted in thousands of civilian deaths,\u0022 peace advocacy group Win Without War wrote.\u0022Of course, the courage and common sense of a minority of senators will be cold comfort to the millions of Yemenis struggling to survive without adequate food or health services amidst daily bombing and shelling,\u0022 Offenheiser added. \u0022Today, millions of Yemenis are on the verge of starvation and more than 10,000 children under 5 have died from preventable diseases. Every tank, missile, and gallon of jet fuel supplied by the U.S. to the Saudi-led coalition is a clear signal that the U.S. is indifferent to Yemen\u0026#039;s misery.\u0022The full roll call follows (alphabetical by senator):Alexander (R-TN), Yea Ayotte (R-NH), Yea Baldwin (D-WI), Nay Barrasso (R-WY), Yea Bennet (D-CO), Yea Blumenthal (D-CT), Nay Blunt (R-MO), Yea Booker (D-NJ), Nay Boozman (R-AR), Yea Boxer (D-CA), Nay Brown (D-OH), Yea Burr (R-NC), Yea Cantwell (D-WA), Nay Capito (R-WV), Yea Cardin (D-MD), Yea Carper (D-DE), Yea Casey (D-PA), Yea Cassidy (R-LA), Yea Coats (R-IN), Yea Cochran (R-MS), Yea Collins (R-ME), Yea Coons (D-DE), Yea Corker (R-TN), Yea Cornyn (R-TX), Yea Cotton (R-AR), Yea Crapo (R-ID), Yea Cruz (R-TX), Yea Daines (R-MT), Yea Donnelly (D-IN), Yea Durbin (D-IL), Nay Enzi (R-WY), Yea Ernst (R-IA), Yea Feinstein (D-CA), Yea Fischer (R-NE), YeaFlake (R-AZ), Yea Franken (D-MN), Nay Gardner (R-CO), Yea Gillibrand (D-NY), Nay Graham (R-SC), Yea Grassley (R-IA), Yea Hatch (R-UT), Yea Heinrich (D-NM), Nay Heitkamp (D-ND), Yea Heller (R-NV), Nay Hirono (D-HI), Nay Hoeven (R-ND), Yea Inhofe (R-OK), Yea Isakson (R-GA), Yea Johnson (R-WI), Yea Kaine (D-VA), Not Voting King (I-ME), Yea Kirk (R-IL), Nay Klobuchar (D-MN), Nay Lankford (R-OK), Yea Leahy (D-VT), Nay Lee (R-UT), Nay Manchin (D-WV), Yea Markey (D-MA), Nay McCain (R-AZ), Yea McCaskill (D-MO), Yea McConnell (R-KY), Yea Menendez (D-NJ), Yea Merkley (D-OR), Yea Mikulski (D-MD), Yea Moran (R-KS), Yea Murkowski (R-AK), Yea Murphy (D-CT), Nay Murray (D-WA), NayNelson (D-FL), Yea Paul (R-KY), Nay Perdue (R-GA), Yea Peters (D-MI), Yea Portman (R-OH), Yea Reed (D-RI), Yea Reid (D-NV), Nay Risch (R-ID), Yea Roberts (R-KS), Yea Rounds (R-SD), Yea Rubio (R-FL), Yea Sanders (I-VT), Nay Sasse (R-NE), Yea Schatz (D-HI), Nay Schumer (D-NY), Yea Scott (R-SC), Yea Sessions (R-AL), Yea Shaheen (D-NH), Yea Shelby (R-AL), Yea Stabenow (D-MI), Nay Sullivan (R-AK), Yea Tester (D-MT), Nay Thune (R-SD), Not Voting Tillis (R-NC), Yea Toomey (R-PA), Yea Udall (D-NM), Nay Vitter (R-LA), Yea Warner (D-VA), Yea Warren (D-MA), Nay Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea Wicker (R-MS), Yea Wyden (D-OR), Nay\u0026nbsp;Earlier:Following peace activists\u0026#039; and human rights advocates\u0026#039; months-long calls for an end to U.S. support for Saudi Arabia\u0026#039;s airstrikes in Yemen, a bipartisan bill to block a planned $1.15 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia is currently being debated in the U.S. Senate, with a vote on the bill scheduled for this afternoon.The legislation is sponsored by Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), and Mike Lee (R-Utah).\u0022Is this really the right time for the U.S. to send billions of dollars of more weapons to the Middle East?\u0022 said Murphy during the floor debate. \u0022Let\u0026#039;s ask ourselves whether we are comfortable with the U.S. getting slowly, predictably, and all too quietly drawn into another war in the Middle East. What will it take for us to learn our lesson?\u0022Ahead of the vote, Win Without War was among numerous anti-war groups urging constituents to tell their senators to vote against the deal.Among other concerns, during the debate the Democratic sponsors of the bill cited Saudi Arabia\u0026#039;s alleged war crimes and human rights violations—including the growing number of civilian casualties from the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Yemen—while the Republican sponsors, including Rand, objected to U.S. involvement in the Yemen conflict without the authorization of Congress.In addition to providing weapons to the Saudis, the U.S. is providing the kingdom with military advisors and intelligence. The U.S. is also conducting drone strikes in Yemen.\u0022Because the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition has continued to kill civilians in Yemen, we\u0026#039;re seeing more and more outrage from Congress.\u0022—Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.)\u0022The huge civilian death toll of Yemen, along with ever-growing U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia, is putting the U.S. under growing criticism both domestically and abroad for supporting Saudi war crimes,\u0022 as Jason Ditz put it Tuesday on Antiwar.com. \u0022The Saudi use of U.S. munitions throughout the war has only added to the perception that the U.S. sales are directly in support of the disastrous war.\u0022International aid group Oxfam released a new report (pdf) on the bloody conflict in Yemen on Wednesday, starkly illustrating the devastation in the besieged country: \u0022Eighteen months of war has destroyed the lives of millions of Yemenis,\u0022 said Sajjad Mohamed Sajid, Oxfam\u0026#039;s Country Director in Yemen. \u0022Twenty million people are in need of aid for survival and half the country goes to bed hungry every night. The world cannot continue to turn a blind eye as the most vulnerable continue to pay the highest price in this brutal conflict.\u0022\u0022World powers need to focus their efforts to pushing for and supporting peace, and provide immediate humanitarian aid to help the millions of people on the edge of starvation,\u0022 Sajid added.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) supports the arms deal, but allowed the vote to go forward on Wednesday.Many proponents of the arms deal claimed that pulling out of the sale would signal that \u0022America is out of the fight,\u0022 as Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) put it during Wednesday\u0026#039;s debate, arguing that \u0022the enemies\u0022 in Iran would join forces with Saudi Arabia if the U.S. no longer appeared to be an ally.Whether it succeeds or fails, the vote could be a sign that Saudi influence in Washington is waning, some pundits argued.Indeed, Murphy told the Connecticut Mirror that \u0022even if the \u0026#039;motion of disapproval\u0026#039; failed, it would send Saudi Arabia a strong message and the debate over his resolution will help inform Americans of U.S. involvement in Yemen.\u0022It does appear that opposition to Saudi Arabia is growing on Capitol Hill: on Tuesday Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) introduced a similar bill in the House to block the arms sale. The first co-sponsor was Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), signaling the increasing bipartisan support for such legislation.\u0022Because the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition has continued to kill civilians in Yemen, we\u0026#039;re seeing more and more outrage from Congress,\u0022 Lieu told Salon.Watch the Senate floor debate on C-SPAN here, and those wishing to call their senators before the vote can find their contact information here.