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

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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.

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  • Alondra

    Sheriff Joe, Lead Obama ID Fraud Investigator, had an High-Level Meetings In Washington DC (The meeting was scheduled to go for One hour, but ended up going for about FOUR and a HALF hours)

    Soon, Soon the Korrupt Kenyan Kriminal will go to jail, where he belongs.
    “For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.” – Jesus Christ (Mathew 10:26; Luke 8:17)

    “Magna est VERITAS et praevalet” – “The truth is great and shall prevail”

  • securityman

    so what else is new? that idiot ,obummer has been ignoring the “RULE OF LAW” for as long as he has been in the WH. he is doing what he wants and the buttholes in congress are helping him. they really think that, when he takes over as supreme leader for life, that they will be on top of the heap with him. well, I bid them good luck with that, while I will be keeping my guns loaded.

  • samurai

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    “I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.”
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  • Vigilant

    Both Paul and McCain have lost any legitimacy they ever had. They are decidedly on the wrong side of the question, and both are playing squarely into the hands of Obama and his support for the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Dropping all military aid at this juncture is precisely the equivalent of meddling in a foreign nation’s affairs to effect an outcome.

  • KBright

    WE already have laws that make this action by Obama and his adminstration a CRIME (“… 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”. Enforce them. Stop making political “gestures” as if you are actually doing something. Really want to do something, Rand Paul? Require Enforcement of the already existing law!!!

    We do not need anymore bills, laws, etc created, NONE.

    We do need “our representatives” (and I do use that term lightly) to do the job they were put into place to do:
    see that laws that are already in place are enforced,

    see that all (laws, bills, treaties, etc) that are already in place are in PURSUANCE thereof the US Constitution because they are the only ones lawful here in the USA,

    READ all bills/etc that come before the congress/the senate BEFORE ANY ACTION is made on them.

    Make sure there are NO more machines at our elections so that we can have more legitimate elections and accountability with the counts (MADE IN THE USA, not in foreign nations like they have been.),

    Make sure that ONLY the legislative branch is creating legislation as the duty was assigned to THEM and them ONLY.

    Dump all executive orders as they are NOT in Pursuance thereof the US Constitution so not lawful.

    Stop all wars that congress did NOT declare as they are NOT LAWFUL here in the USA.

    Require all oath takers who did NOT keep the oath as the laws: both civil and criminal, require be REMOVED from the position they are no longer meeting the LAWFUL requirements of as per our contract with them.

    Actually do something good for the USA, instead of posturing please. We have MORE then enough posturers who are also liars, deceivers. We need honesty, integrity, honor like Ron Paul seemed to have when one goes back over his years in government.