McConnell, who previously supported the suspension of aid, said the $1.3 billion is important to protect the alliance with the country and neighboring Israel, but “enough is enough.”
Reports of a violent crackdown by the Egyptian military on supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi have caused a number of Senate Republicans to reconsider their position on aid.
Shortly before leaving for the August recess, the Senate voted down an amendment to the Transportation spending bill proposed by Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulThis week: GOP picks up the pieces after healthcare defeat Trump, GOP fumble chance to govern GOP senators pitch alternatives after House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill MORE (R-Ky.) to cut off aid.
At the time, McConnell was one of only 13 senators to vote in favor of the resolution. But since, Sens. John McCainJohn McCainRepublicans giving Univision the cold shoulder: report This week: GOP picks up the pieces after healthcare defeat Democrats step up calls that Russian hack was act of war MORE (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamRepublicans giving Univision the cold shoulder: report Graham: 'I'm glad' Ivanka will be working in the White House Trump tweets promotion for Fox News show MORE (R-S.C.) have also called on the Obama administration to suspend aid after returning from a trip to the country.
Upon return they said the military had taken “Egypt down a dark” path, and the United States “should not travel with them.”
The Obama administration is still weighing the option but has declined to rule that the military performed a coup, which would automatically halt the aid.
Paul, who has pushed the resolution a number of times, also now believes the votes are there to pass the amendment, according to Senate aides.
"I think we've all kind of reached a tipping point," McConnell said.