Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has introduced legislation that would cut off foreign aid to Egypt. Politico reports the bill is the first in Congress to directly address what many observers describe as a military coup in the north African nation.
For Paul, a Republican from Bowling Green, there’s no debating what happened in Egypt last week. He says President Mohammed Morsi was taken down by a military coup, and under U.S. law Congress can’t provide aid to countries where a democratically elected government has been removed by such an action.
In a statement, Senator Paul accused President Obama of ignoring the rule of law by refusing to call last week’s action a coup, and by continuing the flow of U.S aid to Egypt.
The President this week ordered a review of all aid sent to Egypt.
Paul has previously called on Congress to halt foreign aid to Pakistan, and is a general critic of foreign assistance, saying it’s money better spent at home.