McConnell sees 'tipping point' on Egypt aid
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he sensed a "tipping point" because of the Egyptian military's behavior and predicted a vote soon to block US military aid even though a proposal to do just that was roundly defeated only weeks ago.
"I think we've all kind of reached a tipping point," the Kentucky Republican said when asked by CNN . "We've appreciated our alliance with Egypt. The Israelis have certainly thought it was important for the Camp David Accords to be adhered to.
"But enough is enough," McConnell said. "The Egyptian military needs to let the democratic process go forward. I think we're going to be voting on this again in September because it looks to me like the crackdown is not an indication that they are moving in the direction of having a new election."
McConnell spoke after attending the 50th annual Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast at the Kentucky State fair, an event that draws a who's who of state political figures.
He did not mention Egypt in his breakfast speech. But Kentucky's junior senator, Rand Paul, made an animated appeal to end US aid to Egypt and said that money would be better spent at home.
It was Paul who offered an amendment a month ago calling on the administration to halt US military assistance because of the military's decision to remove Egypt's democratically elected president from power.
The amendment was roundly defeated - 86 to 13. But since that vote, a number of Republicans who were critical of Senator Paul's proposal have had a change of heart.
Among them: Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. They recently traveled to Egypt and upon returning issued a statement saying the United States should not support the Egyptian military if it stayed on its current path in dealing with the political crisis.
McConnell's "tipping point" remark came just after he said Graham had recently briefed him on the trip.
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