The Obama administration’s plans to release $450 million in U.S. aid to Egypt have been put on hold by a member of Congress who insists the relationship between the two countries requires more scrutiny before aid to Cairo is resumed.
“This proposal comes to Congress at a point when the U.S.-Egypt relationship has never been under more scrutiny, and rightly so,” Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas, pictured) said in a written statement Friday. “I am not convinced of the urgent need for this assistance and I cannot support it at this time,” said Granger, who chairs the House Appropriations subcommittee on foreign operations.
The United States provides Egypt with $1.55 billion annually — $250 million in economic aid and $1.3 billion in military aid. Texas Congressman Ron Paul, a two-time candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, has long argued that the Constitution does not delegate to the U.S. government the authority to take money from the American people to give to governments and organizations in other lands. In an interview with Fox News on Monday, Paul argued that trying to influence governments and control events in far off land with grants of foreign aid rarely advances legitimate U.S interests and often results in turmoil and chaos rather than peace and stability. All the billions the United States gave Egypt during Mubarak’s 30-year reign illustrates the point he said.