Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton signaled to Congress on Tuesday that the Obama administration anticipates a resolution soon of a standoff with Egypt over its decision to put Americans working for non-governmental organizations on trial.
Among those facing trial is Sam LaHood, son of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and an employee of the International Republican Institute, which promotes democracy abroad.
Clinton refused to say whether she is able at this time to officially certify that Egypt is making progress toward democracy. Under current spending legislation, $1.3 billion in aid to Egypt depends on Clinton making that certification by April.
Asked by Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamOvernight Finance: Dems seek probe of acting SEC chief | Defense hawks say they won't back short-term funding | Senate seen as start point for Trump infrastructure plan | Dems want more money for IRS Overnight Defense: Pentagon considers more troops for Afghanistan | McCain, Graham won't back short-term funding | GOP defends Trump rules of engagement McCain and Graham: We won't back short-term government funding bill MORE (R-S.C.), Clinton declined to answer. Graham said Egypt's government should note that Clinton "didn’t say yes.”
This week an Egyptian court delayed action in the trial of workers from four American-backed organizations.