Rubio imitates Rand. Introduces bill to block aid to EgyptSubmitted by tsai3904 on Sat, 03/16/2013 - 18:26
Rubio To Introduce Measure To Block Aid To Egypt Absent Economic & Human Rights Reforms
Rubio: "Our foreign policy programs must make clear that the era of blank checks in exchange for little or nothing that advances America's interests is over."
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a member of the Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence and Foreign Relations Committee, tomorrow will introduce an amendment to the Continuing Resolution that would block two key forms of U.S. assistance to Egypt unless economic reforms and human rights safeguards are adopted, while also initiating a more thorough, longer term reevaluation of U.S. military assistance to Egypt. Among other measures, The Egypt Accountability and Democracy Amendment would block the disbursement of additional economic support funds and new foreign military financing (FMF) contracts until Egypt begins to enact economic reforms and the Obama administration certifies that Egypt is protecting basic freedoms and human rights.
“In the 21st century, America’s foreign assistance must reflect our values as well as our interests,” said Rubio. “Our foreign policy programs must make clear that the era of blank checks in exchange for little or nothing that advances America’s interests is over.