Republican lawmakers push US Senate leaders over aid to Egypt

July 30, 2013 01:11

WASHINGTON - Republican US senators pushed for more transparency on aid to Egypt, if not an outright end to the $1.3 billion per year in military assistance, as US officials struggled on Monday with how to respond to the crisis in Cairo.

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has introduced an amendment to a Senate transportation funding bill that would end military aid to Egypt under a US law banning aid to countries that have experienced military coups, and redirect the money to domestic infrastructure projects.Senate aides said on Monday that the bill and Paul's amendment were likely to come up for a vote this week, just days after a Senate appropriations subcommitee voted to continue aid to Egypt, subject to conditions.

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