03.16.12

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Prospect Of Possible Waiver Of His New Conditions On Military Aid To Egypt

“Under current circumstances in Egypt, I believe a waiver would be a mistake.  The new conditions are intended to put the United States squarely on the side of the Egyptian people who seek a civilian government that respects fundamental freedoms and the rule of law, and to clearly define the terms of our future relations with the Egyptian military.  But it is important to underscore that a waiver itself would not trigger the release of the funds.  Secretary Clinton could subsequently release any amount, at whatever rate she chooses.  

“I know how deeply Secretary Clinton supports the aspirations of the Egyptian people.  The flexibility built into the new law is a tool that can strengthen our partnership with the Egyptian people.  If the law is waived, no more taxpayer funds should be released from the Treasury than is demonstrably necessary, withholding the rest pending further progress in the transition to democracy.”

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