Congress amps up pressure to free Americans jailed in Egypt

House lawmakers are demanding that the Donald Trump administration to take a firmer stance on Cairo’s human rights record.

US Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., asks Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt a question as he testifies before the House Appropriations Committee at the Capitol in Washington, April 26, 2018. GETTY/Alex Edelman

Key House lawmakers of both parties are pressing the Donald Trump administration to demand that Egypt release detained US citizens and end its crackdown on civil society in a sign that the incoming Congress is serious about taking Cairo to task over its checkered human rights record.

More than 30 lawmakers so far have signed onto to

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