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House Democrats’ Presidential Election Reform Act is Nothing More an Unconstitutional Partisan Power Grab

Today, House Democrats are trying to push through their unconstitutional partisan power grab, the Presidential Election Reform Act, in order to update the Electoral Count Act before a consequential midterm election. This bill has NO bipartisan input, tramples on States’ rights, and gives Congress the power to interpret State law—a responsibility the Constitution gives the States themselves.

VOTE NO ON THE PRESIDENTIAL REFORM ACT, H.R. 8873: (Courtesy of House Administration Committee Republicans):

  • For the first time since 1887, Congress is considering updates to the Electoral Count Act, yet House Democrats are rushing a proposal through in a highly partisan manner.
  • They have held no markups, did not consult with Republicans on the committee of jurisdiction, and did not attempt to work within the bipartisan framework proposed by the Senate – which has also been introduced in the House.
  • With the next presidential certification over two years away, H.R. 8873 is nothing more than a partisan messaging bill and excuse to talk about President Trump and the 1/6 Committee just weeks before the midterm election.
  • The Constitution grants states primary authority over federal elections, but H.R. 8873 would trample on state sovereignty and the Governors’ lawful authority. Further, it would grant Congress unprecedented authority to interpret states’ laws, opening the door to mass litigation.
  • The Democrats are making this all about President Trump and Republicans, yet throughout history both sides of the aisle have objected to elections, including prominent Democrats like Hillary Clinton, President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 1/6 Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern, and many others.
  • In fact, one of the authors of the bill, House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren, tried to unseat Congresswoman Mariannette Miller Meeks during the 2020 election in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District by permitting a contest against the election to move forward here in the House – despite it being counted, recounted, and certified by a bipartisan board in Iowa.
  • Rather than work in a bipartisan manner, House Democrats and the 1/6 Committee are desperately trying to score political points.

IT’S SIMPLE: Instead of starting with the bipartisan Senate compromise bill to provide meaningful reform, House Democrats chose to put on yet another partisan show while the American people continue to suffer the consequences of their failed agenda. This bill is one more example of House Democrats’ out-of-touch priorities.

Click HERE for more talking points, courtesy of House Administration Committee Republicans.

NBC News Poll Shows House Republicans’ Message is Working—and the Mainstream Media is Working to Hide it

Americans know one-party Democrat rule in Washington has failed them on the issues that matter most, and the proof is in the polling—although you wouldn’t know it if the mainstream media had its way.

In an attempt to shift the narrative and prop up Democrats, the mainstream media buried poll numbers showing House Republicans’ message IS working. A new NBC News poll shows that voters trust Republicans more than Democrats by DOUBLE DIGITS on the economy, crime, and border security.

BIDEN’S ECONOMIC CRISIS BY THE NUMBERS:

  • Inflation is a tax on all Americans.
  • In August, the CPI came in “hotter” than expected at 8.3% for the 12 months ending August.
  • The skyrocketing cost of goods and services will cost the average American household over $700 a month, which adds up to over $8,000 a year.
  • Food prices alone are up 11.4% since last year, the largest one-year increase in prices since 1979.
    • Grocery prices are up 13.5% as a whole.
  • Real average hourly earnings decreased 2.8%, seasonally adjusted, from August 2021 to August 2022.
    • Inflation has outpaced workers’ wages for 17 months in a row under Joe Biden’s watch.
  • Biden’s inflation crisis has cost the average American worker OVER $3,000 in annual income.

BIDEN’S BORDER CRISIS BY THE NUMBERS:

  • In August, there were 203,597 illegal immigrant encounters at our southern border.
    • That is a 307% increase in illegal crossings compared to the last August of President Trump’s administration.
    • Nearly 70% of these encounters were single adults.
    • There have now been 18 straight months of  OVER 150,000 illegal border crossings.
  • There have now been 66 apprehended so far in FY22 – more than double the previous five years combined.
  • Since Joe Biden took office, roughly 3.5 MILLION illegal immigrants have been apprehended at our southern border.
  • In August, fentanyl seizures increased 6% from July.
    • There has now been OVER 10,000 pounds of poisonous fentanyl seized this fiscal year alone.

DEMOCRATS’ CRIME CRISIS BY THE NUMBERS:

  • So far in 2022, homicide rates across the country have increased roughly 50% compared to this time in 2019, according to the Major Cities Chiefs Association.
  • Nationally, violent crime is rising in Democrat-run cities:
    • Six major Democrat-run U.S. cities, including New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and Baltimore are now on track to surpass the historic violent crime wave of last year.
  • As of August, shootings of police officers are up 6% since this time in 2021 and 7% since 2020, according to the National Fraternal Order of Police.
    • 234 officers have been shot so far in 2022.
      • 45 of whom were killed.
  • 86 officers have been shot in ambush-style attacks.

DON’T BE FOOLED: The American people are smart—they know they suffer the consequences of failed one-party Democrat rule in Washington every single day. House Republicans are listening to the American people and providing real solutions to the problems they are facing with our Commitment to America.

 

Illegal Crossings of Our Southern Border Under Joe Biden Have Already Outpaced Both of Obama’s Terms

Our southern border and the surrounding border communities have experienced more illegal crossings in the past 18 months under President Biden than in eight years of the Obama administration.

MAKE NO MISTAKE: Our southern border is NOT “secure.” Joe Biden and House Democrats’ radical open border policies are to blame for America’s historic border crisis. 

BIDEN’S BORDER CRISIS BY THE NUMBERS:

  • Since Joe Biden took office, over 3.5 MILLION illegal immigrants have been apprehended at our southern border.
    • There were a TOTAL of 3.4 million illegal crossings over the course of both terms of the Obama administration.
  • Chicago, New York City, Washington D.C., and Martha’s Vineyard have all received migrants from border states.
    • Far Left Hypocrisy: In response, the state of Illinois deployed National Guard troops, Mayor Bowser has announced a public health emergency in D.C., a Massachusetts Democrat state representative called the flight of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard “inhumane,” and Mayor Adams said New York City has reached a “breaking point.”
    • These Far Left cities, some of which are proud sanctuary cities, are now complaining about waning community resources in the face of only a FRACTION of the illegal immigrants that our border communities face every single day.
  • In July, there were 199,976 illegal immigrant encounters at our southern border. 
    • That is a 388% increase in illegal crossings compared to the last July of President Trump’s administration. 
  • Illegal immigrants who entered the country under Biden’s border crisis will now cost the taxpayers OVER $20 BILLION a year, which is $4 billion more than the full cost of President Trump’s border wall.
  • Because of Biden’s Border Crisis, fentanyl is now the leading cause of overdose death, and overdose deaths hit an all-time high last year.
  • There have now been 66 suspected terrorists apprehended so far in FY22 – more than double the previous five years combined.
  • Last month, Biden and his administration decided to make the border crisis WORSE by formally ending former President Trump’s successful ‘Remain in Mexico’ program
  • There have now been OVER 500,000 known “got-aways” at our southern border since the beginning of FY2022 in October.

Joe Biden and House Democrats Take A Victory Lap As Grocery Prices Continued to Skyrocket in August

Yesterday, inflation was once again “hotter” than economists expected. Families are now paying 13.5% more at the grocery store compared to last year, the largest one-year jump since 1979.

And what did Joe Biden and House Democrats do to address this crisis their out-of-control spending created? They took a victory lap for passing their Inflation Expansion Act which does nothing to address inflation in fact the Congressional Budget Office said the bill could slightly increase inflation in 2023.

BIDEN’S ECONOMIC CRISIS:

  • Inflation is a tax on all Americans.
  • In August, the CPI came in “hotter” than expected at 8.3% for the 12 months ending August.
  • Food prices alone are up 11.4% since last year, the largest one-year increase in prices since 1979.
    • Grocery prices are up 13.5% as a whole.
  • Real average hourly earnings decreased 2.8%, seasonally adjusted, from August 2021 to August 2022.
  • Americans are paying more for just about everything because of inflation:
  • Over 80% of small business owners expressed concerns over Biden’s inflation crisis.
  • Only 16% of American adults say our economy is in good shape, according to a new Gallup poll.
  • Biden’s inflation crisis has cost the average American worker OVER $3,000 in annual income.
  • The skyrocketing cost of goods and services will cost the average American household nearly $6,000 this year.
  • As Americans pay for more for just about everything, Biden’s recent student loan scam will force America’s taxpayers to pay an extra $2,000to foot the bill.

Biden Celebrates Reckless Inflation Expansion Act as Americans Suffer the Costs of His Failing Agenda

Today, President Biden and House Democrats will take a victory lap today for his reckless Inflation ‘Expansion’ Act. This bill contains the very reckless spending and failed Far-Left policies that have already plunged our economy into a recession, stolen wages from America’s workforce, destroyed seniors’ retirement savings, and left America’s families with the highest food prices since 1979. Now, Joe Biden is doubling down.

 BIDEN’S INFLATION EXPANSION ACT:

  • President Biden and House Democrats’ Inflation Expansion Act will:
    • INCREASE our deficit through 2026, further fueling the skyrocketing inflation facing America’s families.
    • Increase energy costs with a natural gas tax, which was confirmed by the CBO this month. 
    • Spend $80 billion to allow the IRS to hire 87,000 new agents to target American families and businesses.
    • Cut as many as 30,000 jobs in the midst of the Biden Recession.
    • Raise taxes on millions of Americans in every income bracket and businesses when Americans are already paying more for just about everything. 
    • Spend over $350 billion in “Green New Deal” initiatives and an American energy tax that will worsen our energy crisis.
    • Does nothing to tamp down the inflation crisis that is robbing the paychecks of hardworking Americans and would actually increase inflation in the near term, and in fact studies have found that this bill would actually increase inflation in the near term. 

 MAKE NO MISTAKE: In a new majority, House Republicans have made a commitment to an economy that is strong—and that begins with reining in Biden and House Democrats’ reckless spending.

Leader McCarthy Blasts President Biden For Destroying the Soul of America Ahead of Biden’s Desperate Attempt to Change the Narrative

Tonight, President Biden is trying to change the narrative from his failures with distracting lies about the party not in power, Republicans. In his scathing prebuttal, Leader McCarthy highlighted the countless crises created by Joe Biden and House Democrats and demanded a change of leadership and values in Washington to ensure our nation can once again flourish.

MAKE NO MISTAKE: President Biden has brought nothing but chaos and despair for the American people. House Republicans offer hope with our Commitment to America.

On skyrocketing inflation caused by the reckless spending of the Biden administration and House Democrats, Leader McCarthy said:

If you can find what you need at the store, it costs more – a lot more. Food prices are up more than 13%. The highest increase ever.”

“The historic spending binge of Joe Biden and his Democrat Congress has brought the greatest inflation crisis to this nation in generations.”

“For senior citizens, a lifetime of savings is being wiped out. Their 401k’s are now 201K’s. For our mid-career workers, wages are being ravaged. Young people cannot afford rent, not even to mention buy. Mortgages are now out of reach.”

“More than 20 million American households, that’s about one in every six families, have fallen behind on their utility bills.”

“If you had a constant salary for the past year, you’ve had more than one month of your income taken away. Millions of Americans are falling backwards into poverty.”

On the historic crisis at our southern border, Leader McCarthy said:

“At our southern border, our safety isn’t just at risk – our national security has been compromised. Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and the Democrat Congress have created the worst illegal immigration prices in all the history of our country.”

“Our border is now wide open. Last fiscal year under Biden, there were nearly 1.5 million apprehensions at our southern border. Fact: that is a record. That includes 66 individuals on the terrorist watch list. You have to ask this question. Why are those on a terrorist watch list coming to America and what do they have planned for us?

“Criminal cartels are now in full control of our southern border. They decide who and what comes into our country, and that means record amounts of drugs flooding into our cities and towns. Every American city is now a border city.”

“Fentanyl is now the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 18 and 45. Biden’s open-border policies are killing Americans.”

On the crime crisis facing America’s communities, Leader McCarthy said:

“Because of the extreme soft-on-crime policies of Joe Biden and the ‘Defund the Police’ Democrat party, our Communities haven’t been this dangerous in decades.”

“Last year was the deadliest year in America in 20 years – that includes attacks on our police officers. And this year is no better. Democrat prosecutors and Democrat politicians have declared war on public safety.”

On the energy crisis created by Democrats’ ‘Green New Deal’ agenda, Leader McCarthy said:

“Fact: gas prices are 60% higher than when Joe Biden took office. He inherited energy independence from President Trump but is now traveling the world begging foreign countries for energy to power our country.”

“We have God-given American-made energy we need right here right now. But Joe Biden has locked it away and raised the price of gas.”

On the harm caused by Democrats’ extended, authoritarian COVID lockdowns, Leader McCarthy said:

“Our children are suffering as a result of Democrat school shutdowns. In fact, according to a national test results just released today, the pandemic has now erased 20 years of progress in reading and math proficiency. It is no wonder only 28% of Americans have trust in our public schools.”

“The Biden administration’s heavy-handed COVID policies, including firing our military heroes and our first responders, have undermined our freedoms and destroyed public trust. And what do we have to show for it? More Americans died under President Biden than under President Trump.”

On Biden’s many national security failures, Leader McCarthy said:

“One year ago, our country watched in horror as Biden’s botched withdrawal in Afghanistan left 13 American servicemembers dead and landed a lasting blow to America’s prestige that will haunt us for generations to come.”

“Without question Biden’s decision led to the greatest foreign policy embarrassment in American history.”

“Genocidal China grows stronger, bolder, and more aggressive by the day. Iran is closer to a nuclear missile than ever before. The world is more dangerous, more unstable, and more chaotic. Peace and Security have been replaced by hostility and aggression.”

On Biden’s reckless and burdensome student loan scheme, Leader McCarthy said:

“In a giant pay-off to our education universities that charge more but deliver less value, Biden unilaterally bailed out high-paid white-collar workers by transferring $1 trillion in student loans. That debt is now being paid by either people who’ve paid off their loans or never borrowed to begin with.” 

On the fight to save the soul of America, Leader McCarthy said:

“In the past two years, Joe Biden has launched an assault on the soul of America, on its people, on its laws, on its most sacred values. He has launched an assault on democracy.” 

“What Joe Biden doesn’t understand is that the soul of America is in the tens of millions of hard working people, of loving families, of law-abiding citizens whom he vilified for simply wanting a strong, safer, and more prosperous country.”

“The soul of America is not the ruling class in Washington.”

“For the past 19 months, the Biden administration has been doing everything in its power to crush America’s soul. They force families to struggle to make ends meet.”

“They see their values, their country, their beliefs trashed in school, censured online, criminalized by the federal bureaucracy.”

“Democrats often say that America is a racist nation. They are wrong. We are a just,  noble nation. We are a Republic, devoted, however imperfectly, to the truth that all are created equal. We are the greatest country in the history of the world.”

On the REAL threat to American democracy, Leader McCarthy said:

“President Biden has chosen to demean and disparage his fellow Americans. Why?

Simply because they disagree with his policies. That is not leadership.”

“Never in modern times has an administration promised more and delivered less, and they have no one to blame but themselves.”

“Joe Biden and his Department of Justice labeled concerned parents that speak at school board meetings as domestic terrorists. That is an assault on democracy.”

“Joe Biden and the Democrats in Congress are hiring an army of 87,000 new IRS agents, more than the population of Scranton, Pennsylvania to do what? To snoop around your bank account, your Venmo, your small businesses. That is an assault on democracy.”

“Joe Biden’s government has shielded his family and his administration from accountability of abuses of power and foreign dealings of his son for personal gain. That is an assault on our democracy.”

“Mr. President, I have news for you. Americans don’t want to change the subject. They want to change the leadership in Washington.”

On House Republicans’ Commitment to America, Leader McCarthy said:

“The Democrats in Washington have no plan to make life better.”

“The American people deserve a Congress that focuses on their needs. In November, our country faces a clear choice.”

“Republicans have a plan for a new direction that will get our country back on track. Our plan is a commitment to America.”

“We will work for an economy that is strong. We will work for a nation that is safe. We will work for a future that is built on freedom, and we will work for a government that is held accountable. We will fight to stop inflation and lower the cost of living. We will fight to lower the cost of gas. We will stop taxpayer dollars from being wasted on failed programs. We will pass the ‘Parents Bill of Rights.’”

“We will defend American sovereignty and we will conduct rigorous oversight, check abuses of power, and hold all wrongdoers accountable, including our Department of Justice.”

“We will restore the soul of America.”

Congress Must Investigate And Hold Twitter Accountable After Recent Whistleblower Allegations

Last week, it was reported that Twitter’s former head of security had filed a whistleblower complaint against the company with multiple government agencies alleging “egregious deficiencies, negligence, willful ignorance, and threats to national security and democracy.

The whistleblower alleges that Twitter has been lying about the use of bots and that they are being used to manipulate news stories and the political process.

According to the Wall Street Journal:

“Among Mr. Zatko’s claims are that Twitter executives, including Chief Executive Parag Agrawal, deliberately undercounted the prevalence of spam on the platform.”

CNN also reported that the whistleblower alleged that, “one or more current employees may be working for a foreign intelligence service.”

MAKE NO MISTAKE: House Republicans will work on behalf of the American people to conduct a thorough and swift investigation into these allegations against Twitter and hold them accountable for any and all wrongdoing. For far too long Big Tech has operated with unchecked power. It is time that their unchecked power comes to an end.

 

President Biden is Coming for Our Guns

Yesterday, President Biden showed there is no limit to the Democrats’ unconstitutional gun-grabbing agenda. Rather than address violent crime, President Biden is doubling down on House Democrats’ radical policies in order to attack the Second Amendment rights of all Americans.

MAKE NO MISTAKE: While Far-Left House Democrats and President Biden continue to push for unconstitutional gun control measures, House Republicans will always stand for the Second Amendment rights of Americans and have actually passed legislation to address America’s violent crime crisis.

Joe Biden’s Gun Ban Fast Facts

  • AR-15s and similar semi-automatic rifles are among the most popular firearms sold today, with nearly 20 million in circulation as of late 2020.
  • A Department of Justice assessment on renewing the prior federal law banning categories of semi-automatic firearms and limiting magazine capacity determined that the “impact on gun violence is likely to be small at best, and perhaps too small for reliable measurement.”
  • The RAND Corporation conducted a comprehensive survey of existing, high quality literature on the effects of various gun control measures and concluded there was no reliable evidence that magazine capacity limits or bans on categories of semi-automatic firearms have a beneficial effect on reducing violent crime generally or mass shootings in particular.
  • The DOJ’s annual Uniform Crime Report (UCR) consistently showsthat murders from all rifles – not just semi-automatics – are less than that of murders committed with knives, clubs and fists.
  • Even the left-leaning Politifact rated this comparison “Mostly True” after parsing the data.

GUN OWNERS BY THE NUMBERS:

  • The Biden administration is ignoring the fact that Americans – of all races, creeds, colors and all walks of life – are purchasing firearms in record numbers.
  • Over 14 million Americans purchased a firearm for the first time in 2020 and 2021.
  • Background checks for the sale of a gun shattered previous records in 2020 at over 21 million, and another 18.5 million were completed in 2021.
  • For 35 months straight, there have been over 1 million background checks for gun sales.
  • According to a recent survey of industry retailers, nearly 47 percent of first-time gun buyers in 2021 inquired about training and 43 percent signed up for training.
  • Nearly 23 percent of retailers indicated that first-time gun buyers in 2020 purchased another firearm in 2021.
  • Over 33 percent of first-time gun buyers in 2021 were women.
  • 44 percent of retailers saw an increase of African-Americans purchasing firearms in 2021.
  • Nearly 40 percent of retailers saw an increase of Hispanic-Americans purchasing firearms in 2021.
  • Over 27 percent of retailers saw an increase of Asian-Americans purchasing firearms in 2021.
  • Over 18 percent of retailers saw an increase of Native-Americans purchasing firearms in 2021.
  • Nearly 14 percent of retailers saw an increase of Native-Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders purchasing firearms in 2021.

Biden Broke His Promise to Evacuate All Americans From Afghanistan Before the Final Withdrawal of Forces

One year ago today, Joe Biden promised to evacuate every single American in Afghanistan before the final withdrawal of forces. In reality, he left over a thousand American citizens along with BILLIONS of dollars’ worth of American military equipment behind enemy lines for the Taliban.

MAKE NO MISTAKE: President Biden’s catastrophic failure in leadership is to blame for the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan. In a new Republican House majority, we will leave no stone unturned in our effort to provide oversight on this deadly withdrawal and honor the 13 brave service members who lost their lives serving our country.

THE FACTS ABOUT BIDEN’S FAILED WITHDRAWAL: 

  • President Biden’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan has led to:
    • On July 8th, 2021, Joe Biden said: “There’s going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of an embassy of the United States from Afghanistan.” 
    • Over 1,000 Americans were abandoned behind enemy lines in Afghanistan for months at the mercy of the Taliban – roughly 800 were evacuated following the withdrawal, leaving many still in danger.
      • The administration admitted initially that they did not know how many Americans remained in Afghanistan.
      • The Biden administration then estimated there were only a hundred Americans left following the withdrawal – they were WRONG.
      • The truth is, Biden promised to get every single American out on August 18, 2021 – and he broke that promise.
    • The deadliest attack on Americans in Afghanistan since August 2011 occurred because of Biden’s failed leadership.
    • OVER $7 BILLION in U.S. military equipment is now in the hands of the Taliban.
  • Terrorists are now emboldened to attack Americans.
  • The botched withdrawal rightfully proved to be a flashpoint for President Biden’s approval among the American people as it sank to a new record low. 

TIMELINE FLASHBACK:

  • Biden is the one who decided to pull out U.S. forces by the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
  • Joe Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan was NOT conditions-based.
    • The conditions of President Trump’s agreement were continuously violated by the Taliban and the Biden administration did not hold them accountable.
    • The Biden administration had been warned that the Taliban would stop at nothing until they retook the country. Now, the Taliban is back and the United States is less safe.
  • The decision by the Biden Administration to abandon Bagram Air Base early and leave only a few hundred troops at Hamid Karzai International Airport opened the door to the Taliban’s rapid takeover.
    • Former Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, John Kirby, joined CNN where he ADMITTED the Administration had NO PLANS to help Americans get out of Afghanistan.
    • Former White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, refused to admit that Americans are stranded in Afghanistan, despite an abundance of evidence to the contrary.
  • Earlier this year, leaked documents from the Biden White House confirmed that those outside of the administration felt Biden “lacked urgency” as the administration was still scrambling to prepare an evacuation and relocation plan for civilians and Afghan embassy staff the afternoon before Taliban forces took over the capital city of Kabul.

 House GOP Foreign Affairs Committee Interim Report”A Strategic Failure:”Assessing the Administration’s Afghanistan Withdrawal

One year ago, the world was watching in horror as Afghanistan was overrun by terrorists, as thousands of American citizens and hundreds of thousands of our Afghan allies desperately tried to get to the airport and onto a plane to safety. We now know that more than 1,000 American citizens were left behind to fend for themselves, and tens of thousands of our Afghan allies were abandoned to be hunted by the Taliban.

Yesterday, House Foreign Affairs Committee Minority has published an interim report on President Biden’s decision to withdraw from Afghanistan and the resulting chaotic and deadly evacuation. This is the first step in a thorough investigation into why the decision to unconditionally withdraw was made in defiance of the conditions on the ground, why the Biden administration failed to properly plan for the results of that withdrawal, and what short-term and long-term impacts these events will cause.

Top Takeaways from the HFAC Republican Investigation:

The Doha agreement didn’t force President Biden to withdraw from Afghanistan – he chose to do that in spite of advice from his top military advisors, the intelligence community, and America’s allies.

  • The Doha agreement was conditions-based, and those conditions were not being met according to Pres. Biden’s own advisers. In addition, President Biden has admitted he “would’ve tried to figure out how to withdraw those troops” from the country even if the Doha agreement didn’t exist.
  • Generals Milley, McKenzie, and Miller all advised the president to leave a small force of about 2,500 military personnel in the country that would be joined by 6,000 NATO troops.

The Biden administration absolutely did NOT “plan for all contingencies,” as they repeatedly claimed.

  • At the height of the evacuation, only 36 State Department consular officers were on site, or about one for every 3,400 evacuees.
  • Brigadier General John Sullivan, Joint Task Force-Crisis Response Commander in Kabul said, “NSC was not seriously planning for an evacuation…The embassy didn’t fully participate in NEO planning until a week prior to the fall.”
  • Around the same time General Miller warned, “the Taliban are on the move” and “what we are seeing is the rapid loss of district centers,” the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Ross Wilson, took 2-week vacation the last week of June and first week of July 2021.

Before, during, and after the military evacuation, senior officials in the Biden administration – including the president himself – misled the American people. In some instances, they made these statements knowing they were not accurate. 

  • Officials said the Taliban were cooperating and “business-like” during the evacuation when in fact they were beating, shooting and detaining would be evacuees – information that was both being reported in the news and was included in internal State Department memos.
  • President Biden said it was “highly unlikely” the Taliban would take power, despite the U.S. military and U.S. intelligence community warning repeatedly this is exactly what would happen.

The fallout from the withdrawal and evacuation has made America less safe, emboldening our adversaries and angering our allies.

  • The Biden administration repeatedly claimed only “about a hundred” American citizens were abandoned in Afghanistan after the U.S. military evacuation ended on August 31, 2021. However, the report reveals meaning more than 1,000 Americans were abandoned in a country controlled by a terrorist organization.
  • After the evacuation, desperate to find safety from the Taliban, a “significant” number of Afghan security forces, including high ranking officers and commandos, crossed the border into Iran. Some brought military equipment and vehicles with them. While some were returned to Afghanistan, according to the UN, others likely remained.
  • The Department of Defense, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the chief of MI-6 all agree the withdrawal is good for America’s adversaries, specifically Iran, China, and Russia.

The Biden administration has refused to comply with any requests for documents. It’s imperative Congress fulfill its Article I duties and conduct proper oversight of the decision to withdraw and the fallout that caused.

  • The Committee Minority believes the State Department needs to provide the long overdue requested documentation, which includes memos, letters, and notes touching on the decision to withdraw, the preparations made for the fallout from the withdrawal, and the military evacuation. In addition, they should make available the 38 requested officials for transcribed interviews.
  • The House Foreign Affairs Committee should hold multiple, open and closed hearings focused on the withdrawal from Afghanistan with top Biden administration officials including Secretary Blinken, NSA Sullivan, and others.
  • For top takeaways from the interim report, click here.