Senate Refuses to Cut Foreign Aid to Egypt, Libya and Pakistan

Protests and riots against the United States are taking place on a daily basis in numerous cities and towns in Egypt, Libya and Pakistan.  The American Ambassador to Libya was murdered last week along with 3 other Americans attached to him.

Several Republican Senators introduced a bill to cut all foreign to the three countries until specific terms were met.  For Egypt and Libya, reinstating foreign aid would be contingent upon those governments arresting all of those involved in the embassy attacks and then hand them over to U.S. authorities.  For Pakistan to receive any more foreign aid, they would have to release from prison the doctor who assisted the Navy SEALS’s raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound.

Sen. Rand Paul, (R-KY) threatened to hold up all Senate business unless the bill was considered by the full Senate.  Paul commented about the bill, saying:

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“When nearly 80 percent of Americans believe foreign aid should be reduced – especially to countries that are not our allies – it is inconceivable why their views are ignored by so many in Congress.  I am far from defeated on this; I will continue to fight for this issue when Congress returns, and I will continue to call attention to the billions of American dollars – borrowed from China, among other places – being sent to governments that are not willing to respect and protect our interests overseas.”

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) also supported the bill, saying:

“The recent developments in Egypt, Libya and Pakistan are clearly a cause for concern.  Although this bill was not perfect, it’s important that we send a message to countries receiving U.S. foreign aid that American assistance comes with responsibilities.”

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) also supported the bill, but Senate Republican leadership did not.  The measure failed miserably by an 81-10 vote against the bill.  The ten votes for the bill were cast by Republicans.

Paul has vowed not to let the issue die and will continue to push to cut U.S. money from going to counties to who are no longer allies to the U.S. saying:

“In no way should the United States government be sending money to governments who are not our ally, who blatantly disrespect our country, and who work to compromise the safety of our allies and citizens abroad.”

I’ve been advocating this for a long time.  We need to cut all foreign aid and grant money to all of these nations that hate our guts and want nothing more than to destroy us.  I would take Sen. Paul’s measure even further and not place any contingency for the reinstatement of their foreign aid.  I would just cut it off permanently and apply the savings to the national deficit.  If you agree, contact your senator and congressman/woman and let them know that you want them to support Rand Paul’s call to cut foreign aid to enemy countries like Egypt, Libya, Pakistan and others like them.

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