Kentucky Senator Rand Paul 370.
(photo credit: Reuters)
WASHINGTON – The Senate struck down a proposed amendment on Wednesday
that would have immediately cut off US security assistance to Egypt.
amendment, which 86 senators voted against, was an effort by Tea Party
Republican Sen. Rand Paul to redirect the $1.5 billion in funding to the
reconstruction of dilapidated roads and bridges across the United
Paul considers himself an isolationist on a range of foreign policy matters – foreign aid chief among them.
president sends billions of dollars to Egypt in the form of advanced
fighter planes and tanks, while Detroit crumbles,” Paul said on the
floor of the Senate, calling the law “unequivocal” on the issue.
US law on foreign assistance prohibits the funding of foreign governments that have experienced military coups.
Obama administration has declined to determine whether a coup took
place in Egypt on July 3, when president Mohamed Morsi was ousted by the
Sen. Bob Corker, ranking member on the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee, was sympathetic to Paul’s arguments, though
he still voted against the amendment.
“The frustration of our
citizens regarding foreign aid, given the economic conditions we face,
is understandable, so we have a responsibility to explain why American
leadership in the world in many cases helps prevent our involvement in
conflicts that would be far more costly,” Corker said.
be the steady hand that pushes Egypt toward a peaceful transition to
democracy without undermining our interests or Israel’s security,
especially when conditions in the region are as they are today.”