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House ratchets up pressure on Egypt

The House’s annual foreign aid bill would place conditions on military aid.
Egyptian Air Force holds an air show displaying F-16 aircrafts delivered to Egypt by U.S., as part of a military package that had been unfrozen earlier this year, in Cairo, Egypt, July 31, 2015. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih - GF20000010043

After years of giving Egypt a pass on its human rights record, House lawmakers are starting to tighten the purse strings on Cairo.

The foreign aid spending bill for fiscal year 2020, which the House Appropriations Committee advanced 29-23 Thursday, contains language that would condition $260 million in annual military aid to progress on human rights and democracy. Egypt receives $1.3 billion in annual US military aid.

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