August 1, 2013
The Senate on Wednesday killed a measure from Sen. Rand Paul that would have cut off United States aid to Egypt.
Paul’s amendment to the transportation spending bill would have redirected the approximately $1.5 billion in annual aid to crumbling bridges in the U.S. And though the upper chamber defeated the proposal, simply getting a vote on Egypt aid was viewed as a victory in Paul world.
The vote was to table the amendment, meaning a “yea” vote was against Paul’s plan. The vote was 86-13.
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) voted with Paul, as did a small group of GOP senators that included Mike Lee of Utah, Ted Cruz of Texas and Chuck Grassley of Iowa.