Jul 11, 2013 12:15 PM by Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has introduced a bill to halt the $1.5 billion in annual U.S. aid to Egypt, the first such legislation since the military's overthrow of the government.
Several senators have urged the suspension of military and other funds for Egypt because of a U.S. law prohibiting foreign assistance after coups. But the Obama administration has defended the money as vital to U.S. national security interests.
Paul says that the "law is clear when a coup takes place, foreign aid must stop."
The bill is unlikely to pass. Despite criticism of the military from some American lawmakers, many believe Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood-led government was taking Egypt down an increasingly undemocratic path.
The administration is hopeful civilian government will be restored in the coming months.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
11 hours ago
Do you have a tip, information about a breaking news story, or a story idea for 6 Investigates? Contact the KRIS 6 News Desk at 361-884-6666 or send us an email.
Send us your feedback. We want to hear from you!
Look at photos and videos and share them!
|KRISTV.COM Mobile Website
Get KRISTV.com on your mobile or PDA!
|KRISTV.COM Mobile Apps
Get our mobile apps on your mobile or PDA!
See the latest winning numbers!
|6 News Team
Read about your favorite KRIS-TV personalities!
|FCC Online Public File
FCC Public File of Records, Reports, and more