October 2, 2012, - 2:00 pm
Congresswoman Kay Granger, Republican of Texas, is one of the few–very few–Members of Congress with the cojones to just say no to sending U.S. taxpayer money to Islamic extremists. Kudos to her for her guts and resolve. As you read this, ask yourself whether a Romney State Department (Romney was a big-time supporter of “Arab Spring” BS in Egypt, Libya, Syria, and elsewhere) would behave any differently than the Obama one.
The Obama administration notified Congress on Friday that it would provide Egypt’s new government an emergency cash infusion of $450 million, but the aid immediately encountered resistance from a prominent lawmaker wary of foreign aid and Egypt’s new course under the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The aid is part of the $1 billion in assistance that the Obama administration has pledged to Egypt to bolster its transition to democracy after the overthrow last year of the former president, Hosni Mubarak. . . . The United States Agency for International Development notified Congress of the cash infusion on Friday morning during the pre-election recess, promptly igniting a smoldering debate over foreign aid and the administration’s handling of crises in the Islamic world.
An influential Republican lawmaker, Representative Kay Granger of Texas, immediately announced that she would use her position as chairwoman of the House appropriations subcommittee overseeing foreign aid to block the distribution of the money. She said the American relationship with Egypt “has never been under more scrutiny” than it is in the wake of the election of President Mohamed Morsi, a former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.
“I am not convinced of the urgent need for this assistance and I cannot support it at this time,” Ms. Granger said in a statement that her office issued even before the administration announced the package. . . .
The $1 billion in assistance has been cobbled together from funds already appropriated by Congress, but the administration is required to notify lawmakers of its intention to release any of the funds. Ms. Granger presumably can put a hold on that release and pursue legislation to reverse the appropriation. . . .
In addition to the $1 billion in assistance, the administration is working with Egypt to provide $375 million in financing and loan guarantees for American financiers who invest in Egypt and a $60 million investment fund for Egyptian businesses. All of that comes on top of $1.3 billion in military aid that the United States provides Egypt each year.
A senior State Department official said that the administration would consult with members of Congress in the days ahead “to make the case that this budget support is firmly in U.S. interests in seeing peace, stability and democracy in Egypt and the wider neighborhood.”
Watch to see which Members of Congress, especially self-professed “conservative” Republicans go against Kay Granger to get these funds released and sent to the America-hating Egyptians. As we know, Granger will encounter a great deal of resistance to this move from the Obamaniks and Hillary Clinton’s State Department . . . and probably fellow Republicans. Would it be any different under Romney? Not based on Romney’s statements in support of massive aid to these anti-American Muslim rebels throughout the Middle East. And would a Republican have the guts to buck Romney on this? Let’s hope so.
Whether or not Romney wins in November, it’s clear to me that our only hope of common sense against the Islamic threat is in the United States Congress, where a few Republicans–including Granger, Allen West, Michele Bachmann, and some others–have the intestinal fortitude to call the Islamic spade a spade, ask the questions that need to be asked, and try to take the steps we need to take to fight the massive, dhimmi proverbial “City Hall.”
Tags: aid to Egypt, Barack Obama, Egypt, Hillary Clinton, Kay Granger, Mohammed Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood, USAID