Senate Democrats Say Egyptian Violence is 'Unacceptable'

Sunday, 28 Jul 2013 12:15 PM

By Amy Woods

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Senate Democrats expressed dismay Sunday at the violence in the streets of Egypt and said that the United States needs to re-consider the billions of dollars in foreign it gives to the embattled nation.

"We should make it clear in Egypt, as we made it clear in Libya and in Syria, that firing on your own people is unacceptable by any government," said Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin on Sunday, appearing on ABC's "This Week."

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the U.S. should "re-look at granting aid" to Egypt if the military leaders can't control the violence.

"I think that may be the case," said Feinstein, appearing on CNN’s "State of the Union," when asked whether the U.S. would need to consider cutting off aid to Egypt.

Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss on Sunday cautioned against the United States getting involved while Egypt's democracy is unraveling.

Appearing on ABC's "This Week," the Georgia Republican said while the United States and the Egyptian military have had decent relations in the past, "we’ve got to be careful that we don't inject ourselves too much into the situation because it'll probably make it worse."

Clashes between civilian supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi and Egyptiam government forces have resulted in the deaths of more than 80 people since Friday.

"It is further proof, George, that going from a dictatorship to a democracy is very, very hard," Chambliss told television host George Stephanopoulos. "Exactly what the role of the United States should be there is difficult to determine."

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