Report: Obama to tell lawmakers there was no coup in Egypt

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 McCainJohn Sidney McCain Senate outlook slides for GOP Juan Williams: Time for boldness from Biden Democrats lead in three battleground Senate races: poll MORE (R-Ariz.) – have said the law is clear, and the administration must cut off aid, however reluctantly. 

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Others, however, say the decision rests with the White House and urged a continuation of aid. Both the House and Senate spending panels adopted foreign aid bills this week that retain funding for Egypt, albeit with new conditions stipulating a rapid return to elected government.

“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 GrangerNorvell (Kay) Kay GrangerOn The Money: Deficit rises to record .7 trillion amid pandemic: CBO | Democrats sidestep budget deal by seeking 0B in emergency spending | House panel advances spending bill with funding boost to IRS House panel advances spending bill with funding boost to IRS The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump backs another T stimulus, urges governors to reopen schools MORE (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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