Today, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (OH-16) released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's decision to continue providing Egypt with American foreign aid:
"The escalation of violence in Egypt and the unacceptable killing of civilians there are disturbing developments in the ongoing struggle for the future of one of the Middle East's most important countries. I support President Obama's decision to suspend next month's joint American/Egyptian military exercises.
"However, the President should do more than simply issue hollow statements threatening to suspend our yearly $1.3 billion in aid to that country, he must actually end it. If America does not act in the face of what is obviously a military coup, we risk becoming irrelevant in one of the most important regions in the world. An America that is not taken seriously in the Middle East is an America that is at risk here at home."
Rep. Renacci is serving his second term in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he is a member of the Ways and Means Committee. Prior to his election he worked as a Certified Public Accountant in the health care industry, and owned and operated over 60 other businesses in the automotive and sports management fields.