Congressman Robert Aderholt, R-Alabama, announced in an email to constituents that Congress is going to “confront the consequences of Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal” during these next two weeks. The House Armed Service Committee has scheduled hearings on the withdrawal.
“Last month we saw President Biden’s withdrawal from America’s longest war result in leaving thousands of Americans and allies behind,” Aderholt said. “His handling of the withdrawal was a complete and utter failure, and it’s one that will be a black eye in our nation’s history books.”
Congressman Mike Rogers is the ranking Republican member on the House Armed Services Committee. On Friday, he released a statement ahead of this week’s hearings. Rogers slammed Biden’s policy as “a catastrophic failure.”
“President Biden’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan was a catastrophic failure that led to the horrific and tragic deaths of 13 U.S. service members and at least 160 innocent Afghan civilians,” Rogers said. “The American people need answers on how this withdrawal went so horribly wrong and what risks to our national security this debacle has created. We intend to finally get those answers from the Biden administration at our hearing next week.”
“I warned the Biden administration at a hearing back in May that the Taliban would fight until they controlled the country again,” Rogers said. “I told the Biden administration that I had significant concerns with how the withdrawal was being handled. I have repeatedly asked for a plan to avoid the very catastrophe that unfolded.”
“This whole situation could have been avoided,” Rogers said. “It’s up to Congress to finally get answers from the Biden administration and HASC Republicans intend to do just that.”
“The Taliban’s seizure leading up to the President’s August 31st withdrawal deadline demanded that Congress help those stuck and in harm’s way,” Aderholt said. “I am proud to have worked, and to continue to work with the State Department in making sure our friends, families, and allies make it safely out of Afghanistan.”
“Congress is back in session, and with that I want to give you an update on what’s happening in Washington,” Aderholt said. “This is going to be a busy couple of weeks as we confront the consequences of Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal, the left’s attack on the unborn, and a sweeping vaccine mandate.”
Aderholt and Rogers are Alabama’s two longest-serving members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Rogers is in his 10th term representing Alabama’s 3rd Congressional District. Aderholt is in his 13th term representing Alabama’s 4th Congressional District.