The Obama administration notified Congress on Friday that it intends to give’s new government an emergency cash infusion of $450 million, but the move immediately encountered resistance from lawmakers wary of foreign aid in general and of Egypt’s new course under the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The aid is part of $1 billion in assistance that the Obama administration has pledged to Egypt to bolster its economy and its transition to democracy following the overthrow last year of Hosni Mubarak, the country’s autocratic president.
Its fate, however, was clouded because of concerns over some of the new government’s policies and its handling of anti-American protests two weeks ago that overwhelmed the American Embassy in Cairo.
The United States Agency for International Development notified Congress of the cash infusion on Friday morning, prompting renewed protests over the foreign aid and the administration’s handling of crises spreading across the Islamic world.
An influential Republican lawmaker, Representative Kay Granger of Texas, immediately announced that she would act to block the assistance because it came at a point when the American relationship with Egypt “has never been under more scrutiny.”
“I am not convinced of the urgent need for this assistance and I cannot support it at this time,” Ms. Granger said in a statement.
That’s odd, because one little blog told you on September 21 that a House vote on a related bill took place on September 13. Temporary spending bill permits $130M a month to Egypt. We linked to the roll call for that vote and guess who voted “AYE”? That’s right. Kay Granger voted to continue funding to Egypt. So did Allen West. Peter King and Michelle Bachmann voted no, but check out all the guilty parties. Then hop over to our post on the Senate vote. Senate votes 81-10 to send unlimited, unrestricted taxpayer funds to Egypt, Libya, Pakistan
If you’re feeling really adventurous you’ll find many posts in our archives telling you that not only is Obama giving $1 billion plus in your tax dollars to those who hate us, but he is also forgiving $1 billion in debt owed to U.S. taxpayers and spending more money helping to stabilize the Muslim Brotherhood’s economy and create jobs. Obama to bypass Congress, Give $1.5B of your taxes to Muslim Brotherhood
He’s also spending $1 billion of your tax dollars on infrastructure projects in Hamas-run Gaza. Obama Funding $1 Billion in Infrastructure Projects…in Hamas-run Gaza
The criminality at the expense of taxpayers is breathtaking. Granger appears to be another hypocrite who is part of the problem.