“While the Obama administration throws its support behind Egypt’s military, some members of Congress are looking at withholding some or all of America’s annual $1.5 billion aid package if a civilian government isn’t quickly restored,” the AP writes. “Without the administration’s support, that’s a high hurdle. But after watching the violence spiral in recent days in Cairo and elsewhere, more lawmakers are questioning whether the Egyptian military’s ouster of Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood-led government last week must be defined as a ‘coup’ and how the U.S. should leverage the only significant element of influence it has in Egypt.”
Among those calling for aid to be suspended is Democratic Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee.
“The Senate is trying again on student loans,” the AP says. “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday scheduled a procedural vote for Wednesday on a bill restoring the interest rate on subsidized Stafford loans to 3.4 percent for one year. Interest rates doubled to 6.8 percent last week because Congress didn't avert a rate hike built into the law.”
First published July 9 2013, 6:03 AM