U.S. to OK Egypt aid despite lawmakers’ concerns
A top Senate Democrat says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will use her waiver authority to release at least a portion of $1.5 billion in aid to Egypt.
Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, who wrote the section of the law imposing conditions on the aid, said he was disappointed in the decision, which he learned from the State Department on Thursday.
Mrs. Clinton had to determine whether Cairo was meeting the criteria for the U.S. assistance by supporting the country’s transition to democracy and upholding human rights.
Mr. Leahy, Vermont Democrat, said in a statement that the U.S. move sends a contradictory message about favoring democracy but rewarding Egypt as the military harasses and arrests those working for democracy.