GOP lawmaker proposes reducing Egypt, Libya aid to pay for embassy repair, reparations

Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) on Thursday suggested that the U.S. reduce its foreign aid to Egypt and Libya and use the money saved to pay for repairs to the damaged U.S. Embassy in Egypt, and as reparations for the four U.S. officials killed in Libya.

"We at least ought to take the money that we're going to give them in aid, and take a portion of it out to help rebuild the embassies that are in the country, and pay for the property damage," Poe said on the House floor. "And probably, take ... money out we've given to Libya and pay reparations to the four Americans who were killed in Libya," he added. "Let's use some common sense when we're spending money overseas."

Poe is the latest member of Congress to call for reduced U.S. aid to Egypt and Libya in the wake of last week's attacks. These calls were expected to be met on Thursday by a visit from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Congress to encourage members not to reduce aid packages.

But Poe said the United States gives out foreign aid to almost every country in the world, and that it is not getting what it wants, which he said is to have other countries "like us."

Poe also reiterated his call for the United States to eliminate aid to Pakistan, which reflects the thinking of many who believe Pakistan harbored al Qaeda Osama bin Laden.

"We don't need to continue to support countries like Pakistan," Poe said. "I'm astonished we still give money to Pakistan. They harbored Osama bin Laden. They put in prison the informant who told us where he was hiding.

"I believe some of the money we give Pakistan ends up in the hands of the Taliban."