Egypt: Senate Resolution Success in Question
Ashraf Khalil writes in Al-Masry Al-Youm that the Egyptian efforts to scuttle S.Res. 586 appear to have worked, at least temporarily. “Washington observers say the measures carry an impressive roster of supporters from both major US parties, and were being fast-tracked to approval late last month [...] In the end, the Senate failed to bring the resolution up for a vote before going into recess last month.” This inaction has frustrated the bill’s proponents. POMED’s executive director Andrew Albertson: “‘I think what you’re seeing here in Washington is growing, bipartisan frustration with the Obama Administration’s approach to this particular country [...] The renewal of Emergency Law in particular was seen as a real slap in the face. The Senate’s resolution is just a reflection of that broader, growing frustration.’” The Washington Post published an article in September detailing Egyptian efforts to derail the bill.