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Paul Introduces Bill To Cut Off Billions Of Dollars In Egyptian Aid

July 12, 2013 by  

Paul Introduces Bill To Cut Off Billions Of Dollars In Egyptian Aid
Senator Rand Paul said that the White House’s handling of the situation in Egypt is yet another example of President Barack Obama’s mismanaged foreign policy.

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Thursday doubled down on his opposition to continued U.S. aid to Egypt following the toppling of the nation’s government, introducing legislation that would halt aid in light of what the bill defines as a military coup.

Introducing the proposal, Paul said that the White House’s handling of the situation in Egypt is yet another example of President Barack Obama’s mismanaged foreign policy.

“The overthrow of the Egyptian government was a coup d’état, and the law is clear that when a coup takes place, foreign aid must stop,” the Senator said. “But, the President still plans to continue to send aid to Egypt, at a pace of more than $1.3 billion per year. By the President’s refusal to call the situation in Egypt a ‘coup’ and continuing the flow of foreign assistance to Egypt, he is forthrightly saying ‘I am ignoring the rule of law.’”

Earlier in the year, Paul introduced an amendment to the debt limit bill that would halt a U.S. plan to provide Egypt with four F-16 fighter jets. The amendment was handily defeated in the Senate 79-19. Given the current state of affairs in the country, Paul expressed particular displeasure that the Administration has not moved to halt the plan.

The White House has repeatedly said that it would continue to monitor the situation in Egypt, but that halting foreign and military aid is not in the best interest of the United States.

“While we are concerned about events that lead to the removal of President (Mohammed) Morsi from office, the fact is that millions of Egyptians do not see what happened as a coup,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters Thursday. Because, he said, Egyptians “amply demonstrated that there should be a change in government.”

While Paul’s bill has an uncertain Congressional future, he has been joined by lawmakers from whom he generally doesn’t get a great deal of support in calling for an end to Egyptian aid until it is clear who is in charge in the nation.

Even vehement Syrian-rebel backer Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) has said the Presidential Administration should cut off aid.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Sandra Zemaitis

    We should not fund countries that do not believe in small government and do not support the citizens voice!
    Add to that countries who bash God, freedom and natural liberties !!

  • Richard A. Reschick

    We should not be giving aid to Egypt or any other Middle Eastern country.

  • Marcia

    Stop all aid to Muslim ruled nations..

  • Jay

    Yes cut em off.

  • Jim

    As it is customary to give aid to country in exchange for an alliance of sorts; we should be only giving aid to those who completely and totally comply with our rules of exchange. As we have become a “world lender” we need to act like a bank! Giving money/aid to countries who use it against us, or don’t assist us in the manner it was intended, should be cut off! Sanctions should be put into place to assure that it doesn’t even happen once. If we give Egypt 4 f-16 fighter planes, what stops them from selling them to someone else who will attempt to fly them against our brave armed forces? Risky decisions are that for a reason. Whose lives are being risked by us helping them? We pay very good money to have people assess these hazards and when they are wrong, some could lose their life, not just a job! Keep up the great work Mr. Rand!


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