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July 31, 2013

Senate kills effort to cut off aid to Egypt

The Senate Wednesday resoundingly rejected, 86-13, an effort by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to cut off American aid, most of it military, to Egypt.

Paul's proposal would have ended the aid until Egypt holds democratic elections, and redirected the money to bridge building in the United States.

He asked colleagues if they would rather spend the money in Egypt or in this country? The answer was a resounding "Egypt."

"We tell other countries to follow the rule of law, yet our own Administration fails to do so. Sending money to Egypt under their current military coups is illegal," Paul said. "Instead of illegally sending that money overseas, we are better off spending that money at home."

While the United States may watch in horror at what's happening in Egypt, "If America doesn't try, we will pay a price as a nation,'' said Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C.

Added Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., "It's important to send a message to Egypt we're not abandoning them."

The Obama administration has not called the July 3 overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi a coup, which would have triggered a cutoff.


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With all due respect to the Senator from Kentucky; Why would we want to do that? It's not like the MB is anything but a bunch of anti-Semitic, fascist trash. It's pretty clear that the Morsi government was doing its best to drag Egypt into wet another war with Israel. It the Egyptian military has learned anything in the last 65 years it that they can't win a war with Israel. So why would they stand back and let a bunch of idiots drag them to their own destruction?


Despite all the far-lefty looneyness craziness it is nice to see Rand Paul doing what is right.


Of course the evil Democratic controlled Senate would side with our countries enemies...

Mark Kapetansky

Income disparity has now grown more under obama than either bush or clinton. obama is the biggest tool in the bag of the 1%.


We should not cut off aid to Egypt just because they are experiencing a political problem. Work with them quietly behind closed doors.


In spite of far too much far-right craziness, Rand Paul makes a lot of sense every once in a while. I don't know if he really believes a lot of what he says, or is just pandering to wealthy donors and the tea party he sees as his base, but it is hard to reconcile what appears to be a man of principle with most of what he stands for.

A shame, because if he wasn't such a tool of the 1% he would have real leadership potential.

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