Congress Argues Over Egyptian Aid Cutoff
On the Sunday news shows, members of Congress argued over whether Egypt’s military takeover of the government should be considered a “coup” under US law necessitating a cutoff in American aid to the country. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), appearing on CBS’ Face the Nation, stated, “It was a coup, and it was the second time in two-and-a-half years that we have seen the military step in. It's a strong indicator of the lack of American leadership and influence since we've urged the military not to do that….Reluctantly, I believe that we have to suspend aid until such time as there is a new constitution and a free and fair election. We can't -- Morsi was a terrible president. Their economy is in terrible shape thanks to their policies but the fact is the United States should not be supporting this coup and it's a tough call."
Meanwhile, on Fox News Sunday, Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) said, “On a practical basis we have to look and ask the very simple question, 'Will cutting off aid accelerate or enhance the opportunities and the chances to have a truly democratic government?' I don't think so. I think, also, there are other strategic issues at play...I think we have to be very, very careful in terms of suspending aid or cutting it off."