Posted at: 08/18/2013 9:51 PM
Updated at: 08/19/2013 7:22 AM
By: Leslie Dyste
Members of Congress are split over whether the U.S. should cut off military aid to Egypt in light of the deadly violence there.
Democratic leaders have generally supported the president's decision to continue the aid, but Rep. Keith Ellison wants to halt it. The Minnesota Democrat tells ABC's "This Week" that the U.S. should "cut off aid but engage in intense diplomacy."
Ellison says aid should be suspended until Egypt ends "the bloodshed in the street" and sets up a path toward democracy. Ellison is the first Muslim elected to Congress and is co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Among Republicans, there are growing calls to eliminate military aid to Egypt. But others are more hesitant, including Peter King of New York, who chairs the House panel on counterterrorism and intelligence. King tells "Fox News Sunday" that curtailing aid could reduce U.S. influence over Egypt's interim government, which controls access to strategic resources, including the Suez Canal.
On CNN's "State of the Union," John McCain renewed his call to stop the aid. The senior Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee said "to sit by and watch this happen is a violation of everything that we stood for."
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