With the U.S. mired in debt and economic stagnation, now is an ideal time to reevaluate our foreign aid packages. For starters, the Obama administration’s commitment to Egypt makes little sense financially and politically. That’s why Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has introduced a bill that would prohibit the U.S. from sending foreign assistance—including four F-16 fighter jets—to the government of Egypt in the aftermath of the military coup d’état in Cairo earlier this month.
This not the first time Paul has moved to cut off Egypt. Earlier this year, the Senate voted against an amendment from Paul that would have prohibited the U.S. government from selling F-16 military aircraft, M1 tanks, and similar military weapons to the Egyptian government. He’s consistent.
“Egypt is the latest example of the Obama Administration’s misguided foreign policy,” Paul said in a press release. “The overthrow of the Egyptian government was a coup d’état, and the law is clear that when a coup takes place, foreign aid must stop. But, the President still plans to continue to send aid to Egypt, at a pace of more than $1.3 billion per year. By the President’s refusal to call the situation in Egypt a ‘coup’ and continuing the flow of foreign assistance to Egypt, he is forthrightly saying ‘I am ignoring the rule of law.’”
Click here to read Paul’s legislation in its entirety.