The head of a House panel that oversees foreign aid is blocking $450 million in U.S. assistance to Egypt.
Republican Rep. Kay Granger of Texas said in a statement Friday that the State Department notified Congress of plans to transfer the money to the new government of President Mohammed Morsi. Granger says she isn't convinced of the urgent need for the aid and is putting a hold on the funds.
Granger is chairwoman of the Appropriations subcommittee on foreign operations.
Ties between the United States and Egypt have been strained, especially after demonstrators breached the U.S. Embassy in Cairo two weeks ago to protest an anti-Islam video. President Barack Obama also candidly said the two countries are neither enemies nor allies.
The State Department had no immediate comment.
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