U.S. Rep. Kay Granger of Fort Worth blocked the transfer of $450 million in economic aid for Egypt’s cash-strapped new government Friday, saying she was “not convinced of the urgent need” and could not support it.
“This proposal comes to Congress at a point when the U.S.-Egypt relationship has never been under more scrutiny, and rightly so,” said Granger, the Republican chairwoman of the powerful House subcommittee on state and foreign operations.
“I am not convinced of the urgent need for this assistance and I cannot support it at this time. As chair of the subcommittee, I have placed a hold on these funds,” she said. . . .
Granger spokesman Matt Leffingwell said the $450 million transfer was apparently timed to bolster U.S. relations.
“Now would not be an appropriate time,” Leffingwell said, because “we don’t know who our partners are in Egypt.”