In the middle of July, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced legislation that would end US money for Egypt aid. The Kentucky Senator cited law that was already in place which should have been followed by Barack Obama when decided to continue to send funds to aid Egypt following the Egyptian military’s ousting of former President Mohammed Morsi. On Wednesday, the Senate roundly rejected a proposal to redirect aid for Egypt into bridge-building projects in the U.S. after a potential Republican presidential candidate and tea party favorite challenged the Obama administration’s refusal to label the ouster of Egypt’s president a military coup. The Senate voted 86-13 against the measure.
Paul’s amendment to next year’s transportation bill would have put a stop to $1.5 billion of American tax dollars being provided to Egypt each year, mainly for military assistance.
“Our nation’s bridges are crumbling,” said Paul, who made several attempts to cut U.S. support programs for Egypt, Libya and Pakistan and all have been rejected. “I propose that we take the billion dollars that is now being illegally given to Egypt and spend it at home.”
“The president sends billions of dollars to Egypt in the form of advanced fighter planes and tanks. Meanwhile, Detroit crumbles,” Paul noted. “Chicago is a war zone. More people will die in Chicago this year than in Afghanistan!”
Paul echoed South Carolina Republican Representative Jeff Duncan and Senator Tim Scott, who said “Stop giving money to countries that hate us, they can hate us for free.”
Paul’s own words were more of a question to Barack Obama and his colleagues in the senate. “In our hour of need in our country, why are you sending money to people that hate us?”
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