For Immediate Release:
July 31, 2013
Contact: Daniel Horowitz
Madison Project Highlights McConnell’s Flip-Flop
on Foreign Aid to Egypt
McConnell was for funding the Muslim Brotherhood before he was against it
Washington, D.C. – The Madison Project PAC released the following statement regarding today’s vote on Senator Rand Paul’s amendment to freeze all foreign aid to Egypt [Roll Call #195]:
“Once again, Senator Mitch McConnell has shown that he has no ideological consistency and is guided by his political weather vane,” said Daniel Horowitz of the Madison Project. “Breaking his normal voting habits, Senator McConnell joined a small group of Republicans to support Senator Paul’s amendment to the annual Transportation-HUD appropriations bill, which would have frozen $1.5 billion in annual aid to Egypt. While we applaud his newfound opposition to aiding our enemies, his timing is completely suspect.”
Earlier this year, McConnell opposed Senator Paul’s efforts to block the transfer of F-16s and M1 tanks to Egypt [Roll Call #9, 1/31/2013]. He also voted against a Senator Ted Cruz amendment in March, which would have cut aid to Egypt and reallocate the funds for missile defense projects [Roll Call #85, 3/23/2013].
“What is even more jarring is that he supported such aid back when the Muslim Brotherhood controlled the country, but now opposes it after they have been deposed,” said Horowitz. “It’s extremely difficult to discern any coherent governing philosophy with Mitch McConnell – that’s just troubling.”
“This is yet one more example of how Matt Bevin is already making a difference,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project. “He is forcing Mitch McConnell to vote with conservatives against his own intuition. That is why we are proud to have endorsed Matt Bevin. Matt won’t be a fair weather friend to conservatives in Kentucky. He will consistently promote Kentucky values.”
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