Senator’s human rights objections block some US aid to Egypt


              FILE - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic hold a press conference in Belgrade, Serbia, July 20, 2022. Senate Appropriations Chairman Patrick Leahy,'s objections over Egypt's human rights record, including its holding of an estimated 60,000 political prisoners, have compelled the Biden administration to trim a symbolically significant $75 million off its planned annual military aid to Egypt. Leahy said in a statement Monday, Oct. 18, 2022, that it was important that U.S. administrations not allow other policy interests to override congressionally mandated attention to Egypt's poor human rights record, “because the situation facing political prisoners in Egypt is deplorable.” (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)
            
              FILE - Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., speaks during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing in Washington, May 25, 2022. Leahy's objections over Egypt's human rights record, including its holding of an estimated 60,000 political prisoners, have compelled the Biden administration to trim a symbolically significant $75 million off its planned annual military aid to that country. Leahy said in a statement Monday, Oct. 18, 2022, that it was important that U.S. administrations not allow other policy interests to override congressionally mandated attention to Egypt's poor human rights record, “because the situation facing political prisoners in Egypt is deplorable.” (Ting Shen/Pool Photo via AP, File)
Senator’s human rights objections block some US aid to Egypt