Senate rejects Rand Paul-backed plan to end Egypt aid
July 31st, 2013
03:26 PM ET

Senate rejects Rand Paul-backed plan to end Egypt aid

By Lisa Desjardins

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.

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  5. Li Tai Fang

    $1.5 billion is such a small drop in the ocean for the US budget. It buys important influence in the most volatile region of the world. Be careful who you give the money to, but that's a small amount of money for a critical diplomatic function.

    August 1, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Reply
  6. Ksquared2112

    At least Paul tried, I give him that much. But its not like the money train just started rolling out of the U.S. to other countries yesterday. This has been going on for decades so we can continue to have influence in those parts of the Middle East. It's time it stopped however and the total cost for what we give out should be directed at investment to the American people and the infrastructure of the nation. I'd much rather see that investment in education for the jobs of the future or saving cities like Detroit rather than Cairo.

    August 1, 2013 at 10:34 am | Reply
  7. Mike

    Well he got 13 this time instead of 10 so he is gaining ground. Only need 38 more to get it passed and save the taxpayers some money.

    August 1, 2013 at 12:10 am | Reply
  8. tax payer

    the funny thing is your suprised at this, oh and sense this is the only place i can say it CNN LET ME COMMENT DANG IT... i didnt break any rules your just jealous that i dont bleieve your propanda BS when you the embassy of free speach and part of the investigation in to the issues of America arnt reporting properly or at all or asking the hhhhhhhhard questions...back to the bs in congress.....WHY IS EGYPT IMPORTANT TO AMERICAN PEOPLE....NOT TO THE CORPORATIONS

    July 31, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Reply
  9. John McKane

    It's funny just how liberal the right-wingers in Congress can become when it comes to giving away our hard earned tax money. That money can be far better spent on education, prisons, roads, bridges and the list goes on and on and........!

    July 31, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Reply
    • TC

      Just because you have a Republican doesn't mean they are some war mongering, gun hoarding, greedy, corporate, bible thumper (believe I covered most if not all the stereotypes). I am a republican and enjoy my right to guns and the many uses they possess from hunting to sport shooting. I am middle class with a masters degree and grew up in the church. Don't care who you love and marry.

      Our tax money could have a much better use than aid for Egypt and our weapons if giving to Syrian Rebels (which I oppose) should be sold not given to. Spend that money on education and infrastructures.

      August 1, 2013 at 2:55 am | Reply
  10. George patton

    This is how the right-wing fanatics in Washington want to spend our hard earned tax money! Sen. Rand Paul had the right idea here. That money could be far better spent on medical research trying to find a cure for Alzheimer's, for example. Unfortunately, the right-wingers just don't see it that way!!!

    July 31, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Reply
    • Murf

      Funny you usually gripe about Republicans thugs but this time you left that out.
      Why is that?
      Oh that's right Rand Paul IS a republican.

      August 1, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Reply
  11. dfgjb erukhvf

    why don't you just give me the 1.5 billion dollars tax free. do they not teach the word coup in gov. school anymore-hey jew don't let me down you make a sad song and make it better.

    July 31, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Reply

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