US lawmakers have seized on a domestic spending bill as a chance to tighten controls on how Egypt's Islamist government can use over US$1 billion in military and other aid Washington sends to Cairo each year.
Five senators — four Republicans and one Democrat — offered separate Egypt aid amendments to a fast-track spending measure that seeks to avert a government shutdown on 27 March.
US lawmakers have expressed concern about Egypt's stability. But they have also worried about the future policies of its Islamist government, its relations with Israel and anger at vitriolic comments about Jews that President Mohamed Morsy made in 2010, when he was a leading figure in the Muslim Brotherhood.
They seized on the spending bill as a chance to clamp down on Cairo, days before President Barack Obama visits the region on his first presidential trip to Israel.
Reuters, via Egypt independent