Chairman Jordan Tells Secretary Clinton of "Significant Opposition" to Egypt Aid Without "Adequate Answers"
Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressing concerns and raising a number of questions regarding the Administration’s intent to provide $450 million in cash transfers to the Egyptian government led by the Muslim Brotherhood. Full text of the letter is below, and a signed copy is available here.
The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
Washington, DC 20520
Dear Madam Secretary:
We are writing to raise concerns about the Administration’s recent notification of a broad economic aid package to the Government of Egypt.
In the wake of the breach of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and the nature of the Egyptian response, we are very concerned with respect to the overall direction of the transition on Egypt. We cannot watch one form of authoritarianism go by the wayside in Egypt just to see a new Islamist dictatorship take its place. The role of the Muslim Brotherhood and other extremist groups in Egypt’s new government is damaging Egypt’s relationship with the United States and with its allies in the region, particularly Israel. That is why it is critical that these extremist groups are not permitted to hijack the transition process and impose a new kind of totalitarianism in Egypt; if they do, the United States should not be funding them.
In this respect, rewarding the actions of the current government with increased economic assistance, debt forgiveness, or enterprise funds without stringent conditions and tangible deliverables on the part of the Egyptian government would be a grave error. As Egypt’s Islamist leadership increasingly takes control of the country, placing Muslim Brotherhood members as provincial governors and installing radical Islamists in the state’s top human rights body and state-controlled media, we are concerned for the future of both Egyptian minorities and secular, pro-democracy activists.
These concerns raise a number of questions:
Until the Administration can provide adequate answers to the Congress on the issues of concern cited above, you will encounter significant opposition to any economic assistance package to the Government of Egypt.