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McCaul Resolution Calls for Suspending Aid to Egypt, Libya Unless Conditions are Met

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Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX) introduced a House Resolution this evening calling on President Obama to suspend aid to Egypt and Libya until the governments of those countries formally apologize to the United States, condemn Tuesday's attacks at U.S. diplomatic posts, and secure the safety of American diplomats consistent with the 1961 and 1963 Vienna Conventions.

Rep. McCaul, Chairman of Homeland Security Oversight & Investigations and a member of the Foreign Affairs Middle East Subcommittee, introduced the legislation following the brutal attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, which killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three Americans serving with him, and the raid on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo in which the American flag was desecrated.

The United States has provided approximately $1.5 billion per year combined to Egypt and Libya.

"It is inexcusable that the Governments of Libya and Egypt did not provide for theadequate protection of foreign diplomats, embassies, and consulates," the resolution states. It describes the events as "a direct attack against United States interests."

The text of the House Resolution is as follows:

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to the attacks on United States diplomats in Libya and Egypt.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Mr. MCCAUL submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on __________________.

RESOLUTION

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to the attacks on United States diplomats in Libya and Egypt.

Whereas on September 11, 2012, United States Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, was brutally and savagely murdered during a violent attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya;

Whereas three other United States citizens were also killed during the attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi, including Sean Smith, a foreignservice information management officer;

Whereas the attack in Benghazi followed protests at the United States embassy in Cairo, Egypt, on the same day;

Whereas on September 11, 2012, protestors climbed the walls of the United States embassy in Cairo, Egypt, and desecrated the American flag, the ultimate symbol of the United States;

Whereas a spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt responded to the attacks on the United States embassy in Cairo, Egypt, by saying that the United States should do a better job of protecting Islam;

Whereas it is inexcusable that the Governments of Libya and Egypt did not provide for the adequate protection of foreign diplomats, embassies, and consulates; and

Whereas the attacks on the United States embassy in Cairo, Egypt, and the assassination of the United States ambassador to Libya is a direct attack against United States interests: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that until the Governments of Libya and Egypt formally apologize to the United States and condemn in the strongest possible terms the savage attacks on United States diplomats in Benghazi, Libya, andCairo, Egypt, and assure the safety of United States diplomats in Libya andEgypt, consistent with the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations andthe 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations,the President should immediately suspend all United States foreign assistance to the governments of such countries.


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