House Republican Demands Pelosi Reconvene Congress for Hearings on Biden's Botched Afghanistan Withdrawal

'It is now time for a reckoning,' Rep. Chip Roy says

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August 31, 2021

Rep. Chip Roy (R., Texas) called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) to reconvene Congress for hearings on President Joe Biden's disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.

"Madam Speaker, you have a duty to call Congress back to Washington and begin hearings immediately," Roy wrote. "America does not run away. We do not leave our brothers and sisters behind. We do not aid and abet the enemy."

Pelosi has stalled efforts to apply congressional accountability to the Biden administration for its missteps in the withdrawal from Afghanistan. Democrats blocked an oversight measure authored by Rep. Mike Gallagher (R., Wis.) on Tuesday, leaving questions unanswered for Republicans demanding transparency regarding the Afghan withdrawal. The House of Representatives has been out of session since July 30.

Pelosi did not return a request for comment.

The Texas Republican also called for the resignation of both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, as well as senior national security staff for "effectively abandon[ing]" military service members who risked their lives in Afghanistan during the U.S. withdrawal.

Roy joins a growing chorus of Republicans and some Democrats who have expressed outrage over the Biden administration’s handling of the Afghanistan crisis. As many as 200 U.S. citizens remain stranded in the country. The terrorist group has held another American—Navy veteran Mark Frerichs—hostage for more than a year.

"We do know that the Taliban is now stronger than ever before; they now have access to the sensitive biometric database of our Afghan allies and now control billions of dollars’ worth of U.S. military equipment," Roy wrote. "We know that 13 U.S. service members were killed in the process. ... With an arbitrary and unnecessary deadline imposed by the commander-in-chief having come and gone, it is now time for a reckoning."

"The president made the morally indefensible decision to leave Americans behind," Sen. Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) said. "Dishonor was the president’s choice."