A group of House Republicans led by Republican Georgia Rep. Jody Hice sent a letter Tuesday to the U.S. Department of State and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) demanding they facilitate the evacuation of all remaining Americans and Afghan allies that were abandoned in Afghanistan.
The letter which was signed by Hice along with 10 other Republicans stated the lawmakers have maintained contact with Americans and allies that remain in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. President Joe Biden’s mismanaged withdrawal left between 100-200 U.S. citizens stranded there.
“Each passing day makes it more difficult to safely evacuate Americans and our allies from Afghanistan as winter approaches and the Taliban tightens their grip over the country,” Hice said in a statement. “It is despicable that the Biden administration abandoned these people in the president’s catastrophic withdrawal, and it is totally unacceptable that they remain trapped behind enemy lines. Unfortunately, to date, the State Department has shown little urgency and no lasting commitment to evacuate our citizens and allies.”
“Even now, our offices remain in contact with U.S. citizens and Afghans alike who have been hung out to dry. The American people have had enough of President Biden’s miscalculations and incompetence. We are presenting a clear list of critical actions that the administration should have undertaken weeks ago, and we demand that they move NOW to complete this evacuation as swiftly as possible,” Hice added.
House Republicans who cosigned the letter with Hice were Reps. Randy Weber-Texas, Earl L. “Buddy” Carter-Georgia, Ronny Jackson-Texas, Lisa McClain-Michigan, Bill Posey-Florida, Darrell Issa-California, Lauren Boebert-Colorado, Louie Gohmert-Texas, Tracey Mann-Kansas, and Mary Miller-Ilinois.
The offices of these House Republicans have diligently been working with networks of veterans, private citizens, religious groups and nonprofit organizations to facilitate the evacuation of those that were left behind.
The lawmakers asked for a response by Oct. 29.