Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

31 July 2013

Egypt: U.S. Senate Rejects Cutting Off Aid to Egypt

The U.S. plans to suspend hundreds of millions of dollars in aid until the country shows progress toward democracy. ( Resource: U.S. Announces Plans to Cut Aid to Egypt

The United States Senate rejected by a 83 to 13 vote a draft law Republican Senator Rand Paul proposed to cut off the aid to Egypt and turn it into funding for domestic infrastructure projects in the U.S. as of next year, the Middle East News Agency reported.

The draft law aimed at freezing the $1.5 billion annual aid to Egypt, of which $1.3 billion is military aid, in light the U.S. law which bans providing aid to countries that witness a coup d'etat.

U.S. President Barack Obama's administration did not mention that a coup d'etat applies to Egypt after the ouster of Mohamed Mursi.

Senator John McCain said, "It is important to send a message to Egypt we're not abandoning them."

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