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Sen. Marco Rubio, one of Mr. Paul’s possible rivals for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, urged Congress to slap new conditions on the Egyptian assistance that promote a secular democratic government that provides security so the economy can grow and protects religious minorities. “If you eliminate aid completely, you lose leverage,” Mr. Rubio said.

And Sen. John McCain said it would be a “terrific mistake for the U.S. to send a message to Egypt, ‘You are on your own.’”