Proposed US House bill keeps Egypt military aid at $1.3 billion

WASHINGTON - Leaders of the US House of Representatives panel in charge of aid to Egypt proposed on Thursday that military aid be kept at $1.3 billion next year, subject to conditions including the government planning and holding elections.
However, the bill proposed by the Republican leaders of the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees foreign aid did not include the annual $250 million in economic assistance that has also been appropriated for Egypt in recent years.
That means the $250 million was not included in planning for fiscal 2014, which starts on Oct. 1, 2013, but the money has also not been specifically prohibited, a congressional aide said.
The subcommittee is to meet on Friday to begin debate on the bill, which could clear the way for its consideration by the full committee as early as next week.
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