The Obama administration will tell lawmakers on Thursday that it won't declare Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's ouster a military coup, The Associated Press reports.
The move allows the United States to keep open a $1.5 billion-a-year aid spigot to the Arab world's most populous country. U.S. law prohibits direct aid to countries where democratically elected leaders are deposed by the military.
A handful of lawmakers – most notably hawkish Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) – have said the law is clear, and the administration must cut off aid, however reluctantly.
“Everyone is closely watching the situation in Egypt, and the relationship between the United States and Egypt has never been more critical,” said Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), the chairwoman of the Appropriations subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations. “For that reason, this bill continues funding if certain conditions are met.”
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