The Honorable Hillary Clinton
Department of State
2201 C St., NW
Washington, DC 20520
Dear Secretary Clinton:
I urge you to immediately suspend the $1.3 billion in U.S. aid to Egypt, where military rulers have made an 11th-hour power grab that ends all pretense of a full transfer to civilian power by July as promised. Simply put, American taxpayer dollars should not be used to aid and abet any dictatorial regime that could threaten the safety and political stability of the entire Middle East.
Since 1979, Egypt has been the second largest recipient of U.S. foreign assistance, receiving an average of $2 billion annually. And just last year, following the uprisings that forced out President Mubarak, the White House agreed to provide Egypt with $1 billion in debt relief in the hope of advancing a democratic transition. Unfortunately, Egypt's military has made it abundantly clear that it has little intention of ceding authority to a new civilian government by the end of the month. Therefore, I urge the State Department to put a hold on disbursing any of this year's military assistance to Egypt.
At a time when America's debt is rapidly approaching $16 trillion, we need to be addressing our own fiscal crisis and stop trying to buy loyalty and friendship from countries that may not have our best interests in mind. Making matters worse, a recent Gallup poll surveyed that more than eight in 10 Egyptians opposed U.S. economic assistance altogether. Why are we sending American dollars to foreign nations that don't want our help?
We need to be focusing on policies that promote economic growth, create jobs, and reduce our massive federal deficit. We need to put America first.
Member of Congress