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        1/15/2014, Shevat 14, 5774

      Congress to Approve 1.5 Bn in Military Aid to Egypt


      Daily Beast reports Congress is preparing to allow the Obama administration to give more than $1 billion dollars to the Egyptian government and military, despite the fact the generals perpetrated a coup last summer and are suppressing opposition ahead of a nation-wide constitutional referendum.

      The House and Senate, says Daily Beast, are set to unveil a year-long spending bill that will loosen restrictions on U.S. aid to Egypt and negate the law that prevents the U.S. from funding a foreign military that has conducted a coup against a democratically elected government. The Obama administration has been lobbying Congress for permission to give the aid to the Egyptian government. Several senior senators had been working to make sure that aid was conditioned on the Egyptian government pursuing a path toward democracy and respect for the rule of law, adds Daily Beast.