House Oversight Committee Republicans Demand Hearing for Biden’s Afghanistan Withdrawal

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Posted: Aug 18, 2021 8:45 PM
House Oversight Committee Republicans Demand Hearing for Biden’s Afghanistan Withdrawal

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On Wednesday, 20 Republican members of the House Oversight Committee requested an immediate, full Committee hearing to conduct congressional oversight on the Biden administration’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, resulting in the Taliban taking over.

In a letter addressed to Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee on National Security, the signers listed demanded several topics be addressed in the hearing, including if Biden “attempted to negotiate any agreements between the Afghan government and the Taliban” before the withdrawal.

“Over the past two Congresses, this Committee has held seven hearings on a range of issues relating to Afghanistan. But surprisingly, you have not announced plans to conduct congressional oversight of the dramatic and deteriorating situation in Kabul,” the letter states. “This Committee has a responsibility to continue to conduct robust oversight of Afghanistan as well as the Biden Administration’s decision-making over the past eight months. To not schedule a hearing is a dereliction of duty and an abdication of congressional authority and responsibility.”

Several signers of the letter have shared their involvement on Twitter.

“Over 20 years, we defeated al Qaeda, won social gains for women and girls, increased economic security for all Afghans, and decreased the illicit drug trade. These gains dissolved in a matter of hours,” the letter states. “The current state of Afghanistan is a national security crisis. It is a humanitarian crisis. And is it a crisis of leadership. Today, Americans and their allies are less secure than yesterday. Congress must understand the scope of the failures that led to the fall of Kabul.”

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