GOP demands action for hundreds of Americans left behind in Kabul
House Republicans called for a vote on legislation that would keep US troops in Afghanistan until every last American is evacuated.
Approximately two dozen Republicans, including some who served in Afghanistan, attended a short House session amid the summer recess to pass a bill that would delay the military’s withdrawal.
However, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), who presided over the meeting, led a moment of silence to honor the 13 service members killed in the Kabul terror attack last week. Then she adjourned without any further action, prompting adverse reactions from GOP members.
“Never in my lifetime would I ever believe America would have an administration knowingly make a decision to leave Americans behind,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said. “Now is not the time to hide. We are a co-equal branch. Now is the time for leadership in Congress.”
There are approximately 100 to 200 Americans who haven’t been evacuated, according to Secretary of State Antony Blinken.