Senate rejects Rand Paul-backed plan to end Egypt aid
July 31st, 2013
11:47 AM ET
12 months ago

Senate rejects Rand Paul-backed plan to end Egypt aid

(CNN) - The Senate on Wednesday defeated a proposal to cut off U.S. aid to Egypt. The measure, pushed by Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky in the wake of the military takeover in Egypt, only got the backing of 13 senators.

The measure would have shut off $1.5 billion in aid to Cairo.

The proposal from Paul was not new. A similar measure of his received just 10 votes last fall.

Both parties have internal disagreements over this issue, but Democrats said earlier this week the vote may be tougher for Republicans, who are divided between libertarian sentiments against foreign aid and conservative bullishness to use funding as leverage overseas.

For the White House, the vote came as officials try to thread a slim policy needle, refusing to determine whether the military takeover of the Egyptian government was a coup. If it were officially labeled as a coup, U.S. law dictates that foreign aid should stop.

Aid to Egypt is becoming a perennial source of political tension in Washington. Last year, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a waiver to allow U.S. funds to flow to Cairo, despite crackdowns against groups aiming to build democracy in the country. Fellow Democrats, including Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, openly expressed disappointment at the decision, saying the Egyptian government needed to meet the full conditions of transitioning to a democracy.


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  1. Romney is STILL NOT My Hero

    BWHAHAHAHA!!!! Up next... The U.S. Rejects Rand Paul. This is a huge sign that he's going down in flames in 2016!

    July 31, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. Joi Gibson

    And this guy wants to run for President – WOW!!!!

    July 31, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    I am beginning to see why Karl Rove reacted the way he did election night. A Romney defeat would spell a defeat for the neo-conservatives within the party. A Romney loss would also mean a win for these extremely madeover libertarians, justifying their demagoguery.

    Rand Paul is truly out there on the fringe. He goes beyond "small government" all the way to practically "no government", which is crazy. How can you claim to love the U.S. Constitution when you don't want the government that created it?

    July 31, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. Larry in Houston

    as an independent voter, I hope they don't send any more money to overseas countries . . . and the republicans should stand their ground, on the debt ceiling. They should tell Obama, if he wants to continue to send more billions to overseas countries, then say NO to the debt ceiling, and mean it ! (don't vote for a "higher" debt ceiling) doesn't matter what happens. let everything go to H in a handbasket, I say. The republicans should tell Obama, we will vote for a new "cap" on the debt ceiling, Only IF we do not send any more money to ANY other country, for NO reason, period.

    July 31, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. Vince

    More from the man who, just like his father, will never be president.

    July 31, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    And this guy wants to be President. Ha!!1

    July 31, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. Breeze

    I stand with Paul. Why are we giving them money when we could use it here?

    July 31, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Is Rand Paul even familiar with the peace agreement between Egypt-Israel in 1979. The current level of aid to Egypt played a large role in securing that treaty.

    July 31, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. pjoe

    Nice try Rand, but you had no chance. The Senate is owned by oil, military-complex, & Muslim lobbyists.

    July 31, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. rs

    Wake up Mr. Paul and remind him isolationism died with WWI.

    July 31, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. Michael Benjamin

    Rant Paul continues the absurdity.

    July 31, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. rs

    By letting Mr. Paul near microphones, the GOP is ensuring that their credibility drops just a little bit every time it happens. Didn't they notice the mess Chistie mad with Paul yesterday?

    July 31, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. Data Driven

    I'll be the lone liberal here to support Rand Paul on this issue. Attribute it to "liberal" and "libertarian" sharing a root word. Attribute it also to my contempt for empires in general and the USA's particularly hypocritical imperialist style of imperialism.

    July 31, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    rs

    Wake up Mr. Paul and remind him isolationism died with WWI.
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    Actually, World War II is when the isolationist policies ended. That's why the U.S. was so late entering the war. Even then, the U.S. still held on to it for as long as they could. All of it ended when the U.S. bombed Japan. Suddenly the U.S. found its' army in the role of alpha dog of the world. It didn't matter anymore if someone could field more men or tanks.

    July 31, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    Eventually Mr. Rand Paul is going to have to come up with a talking point that is not geared to involve a small fringe minority from within both political party's. Oh, I understand he is talking from both sides of his mouth as a fundraising ploy. But, seriously. This guy is way weird.

    July 31, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. Laverne

    @ Larry in Houston: Do a little homework, raising the debt ceiling is to essentially to pay for the bills we have already racked up. Basically it is paying the nation's credit card bill if you will. It is not as simple as you think and certainly is not an Obama problem alone, congress is the one who approves most of the spending we do. I do understand that you think the way you do because that's all you have heard from the republicans and believed it!!

    July 31, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Data Driven

    I'll be the lone liberal here to support Rand Paul on this issue. Attribute it to "liberal" and "libertarian" sharing a root word. Attribute it also to my contempt for empires in general and the USA's particularly hypocritical imperialist style of imperialism.
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    I think the more proper term would be imperialistic capitalism. It was something so admired by Karl Marx that he wrote a book about it named "Das Kapital". There he critically analyzes the virtues o af political economy, meant to reveal the economic laws of the capitalist mode of production. It was something that he aspired to.

    He followed that book with a sequel, "Capital: Critique of Political Economy". It is "where Marx proposes that the motivating force of capitalism is in the exploitation of labour, whose unpaid work is the ultimate source of profit and surplus value. The employer can claim right to the profits (new output value), because he or she owns the productive capital assets (means of production), which are legally protected by the capitalist state through property rights."

    Now you have to scratch your head and wonder how those on the right can call everyone else a Marxist. They don't even know the meaning of the word, or what Marx really stood for and dreamed about. One of his biggest fans was some woman named Ayn Rand.

    July 31, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. Mark in Seattle

    Rand just doesn't have presidential hair. Must be that it grows on an empty head.

    July 31, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. ladyjag

    The Repubican party is what is wrong wiith our Congress. As a womahn, I resent what they have done about Womens Issues. I am going to vote a Straight Democratic Ticket in 2014-2016. I hope Hillary wins, she is really smart, and can run this country better than anyone.

    July 31, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. Dumbas[R]ocks

    Yet another waste of the Senate's time, dealing with a rightwing whackjob hidden in libertarian's clothing.

    Senate [R]s: where are the JOBS? The [D]s already have America moving froward from the disater you wrought on us in 2007/2008. Cooperate, and let's get America all the way out of the [R]-caused dumps.

    And, hey, Larry in Houston, you and your ilk are the perfrect political campaign commercials FOR the [D]s. Your message, clearly stated, is damn America. And it just doesn't work with most Americans, and if [R]s were patriots, it wouldn't work with them too. Keep posting your trogledytic nonsense, and dig the [R] grave deeper.

    July 31, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. Larry in Houston

    @ Laverne – IT Doesn't Matter !!! I don't care much for the republicans, but on this debt Issue, You must be sleeping under a rock somewhere. Sounds like you need to do your homework !! LOL . . .
    I hope the Republicans Put Obama in such a Vise, and say NO to that debt ceiling, and stay Solid on it. Otherwise Laverne, your money will eventually be only worth 10 cents per dollar, instead of 40 cents. That's what this country is doing right now, for every dollar we spend, we only get 40 cents out of it, unfortunately, you aren't smart enough to realize that.

    July 31, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. Monica

    Laverne, you are incorrect. The debt ceiling is the equivalent to the debt LIMIT on your credit card. It doesn't affect CURRENT bill payment. Rather, raising it allows for MORE spending without going into default. This administration continues to spend at extravagant levels, and keeps borrowing from China to do so. Every time we raise that limited the insanity continues. Only a fool thinks it's wise for the United States to borrow money from China so that we can pay for roads in Pakistan!

    July 31, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  23. just sayin

    Laverne
    @ Larry in Houston: Do a little homework, raising the debt ceiling is to essentially to pay for the bills we have already racked up.
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    absolutely wrong. raising the debt ceiling to to pay for future spending. it is congress's job to cut spending if they don't have the revenue to pay for the spending. obama and the democrats refuse to cut spending at all. they just intend to keep spending more and more and more. borrowing it or taxing more and more and more. just ask greece how this disaster movie ends.

    July 31, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  24. Scott

    I agree with Rand Paul, why do we keep funding Foreign countries, especially countries that are violaters of Human Rights like most Muslim countries.

    July 31, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. it must be said

    Increasing the debt limit adds another link to the chain that will enslve our future generations and drag this country down. Apparently the young voters in this country are completely clueless when it comes to understanding this is all debt that is being piled on their backs, along with all of their personal debt. It is out right generational theft, encouraged by the leftist union mentality of take all you can get your hands on now and forget about anybody else or the future.

    July 31, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
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