Someone has to hold the Biden administration accountable for what they did in Afghanistan.
Joe Biden oversaw the single greatest military defeat in U.S. history and House Republicans are making him pay. Not only did he leave hundreds of Americans stranded in Kabul, but he left behind U.S. military weaponry, trained service dogs, and our dignity.
And perhaps worst of all, 13 U.S. troops tragically lost their lives because our “commander in chief” failed to successfully execute the evacuation mission.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy held a press conference to announce that House Democrats blocked a vote to “require” Biden to recover the military gear and Americans.
BREAKING → Democrats just blocked a vote to require a plan from President Biden to bring Americans home and to account for all the military equipment he left behind.
Republicans will not stop until every American is home safely. https://t.co/lM5tMpQz3D
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) August 31, 2021
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member James Comer stated in a press release Tuesday that he is working to hold the Biden administration accountable through first receiving a briefing on the deadly evacuation through the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.
He revealed a member of the SIGAR would be testifying in front Congress this week.
California Republican Rep. Young Kim tweeted she will “keep pressing” to hold the Biden administration accountable.
No one left behind means NO ONE left behind. We left hundreds of Americans and more of our allies to the mercy of the Taliban.
It didn't have to be this way. I will keep pressing the Biden administration on how we let this happen. There's more work to do.
— Young Kim (@RepYoungKim) August 31, 2021
Rep. Ronny Jackson, who said Monday he has constituents still stranded in Afghanistan, reiterated Tuesday his team is still endeavoring to save the trapped citizens.
The State Department should be ASHAMED! My team is STILL working around the clock to try and help constituents get out of Afghanistan because the State Department had no problem leaving them behind. They’re useless! pic.twitter.com/WepbJGXpkh
— Ronny Jackson (@RepRonnyJackson) August 31, 2021
Reps. María Elvira Salazar (R-FL), Michael Waltz (R-FL), and Claudia L. Tenney (R-NY) introduced legislation to provide internet services to Afghanistan in light of the Taliban’s history of anti-modern policies.
— Rep. María Elvira Salazar (@RepMariaSalazar) August 31, 2021
On Monday, reports emerged that Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, is also demanding Biden turn over White House documents about why American citizens were blocked from entering the extraction point at the Kabul airport.
Johnson is using his oversight authority to investigate allegations that U.S. military leaders prevented U.S. citizens and others from entering the Kabul airport as part of emergency evacuation efforts coordinated by nonprofit groups.
Congressional Republicans will likely demand all types of answers from the administration, which may include if the United States paid the Taliban for Americans security in Afghanistan.
On August 25, White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked if the administration had paid any cash to the Taliban to help secure evacuation coordination.
When asked if U.S. has given Taliban cash or supplies to help facilitate evacuations from Afghanistan, White House press sec. Jen Psaki says, “No, this is not a quid pro quo." https://t.co/SYeCxabxCL pic.twitter.com/6vkvxiyza5
— ABC News (@ABC) August 25, 2021
Author: Asa McCue