Washington (Oct. 28)
Opponents of President Reagan’s $8.5 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia lost today when the Senate rejected a resolution of disapproval by a 52-48 vote. Although the House rejected the sale by a 3-1 margin earlier this month, the Senate also had to vote against it in order to veto the sale of five AWACS reconnaissance planes and enhancement equipment for F-15s to Saudi Arabia. Reagan’s victory in the Senate below crowded galleries, came after several long time opponents of the sale switched today. They included Mark Andrews (R. N. D.), William Cohen (R. Maine), Slade Gorton (R. Wash.) and Howard Zaritsky (D. Neb.).