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Bipartisan Home Downside Solvers Caucus calls on Biden to increase Afghanistan withdrawal deadline previous Aug. 31

The Home Downside Solvers Caucus has voted to formally name on President Joe Biden to increase the August 31 withdrawal date from Afghanistan because the administration scrambles to evacuate Individuals stranded in Taliban-controlled Kabul. 

“As Democrats and Republicans, we stand united in our dedication to defending U.S. residents, diplomats, intelligence officers, and our international companions who’re at the moment trying to flee Afghanistan,” the assertion endorsed by the caucus learn. “On this time of super hazard, politics should be put apart to advance our widespread targets. From this week’s bipartisan Member briefing, it’s obvious that the Administration’s set date for departure from Afghanistan on August 31st doesn’t present sufficient time to evacuate all Americans and our companions. We respectfully name on the Administration to rethink its timeline and supply a transparent plan to Congress that can outcome within the completion of our shared nationwide goals.”

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The Downside Solvers Caucus, which started in 2017, is an unbiased group of representatives equally divided between Democrats and Republicans geared toward discovering widespread floor on necessary political points.  

No less than 75% of the caucus members supported the vote to publicly urge Biden to increase the Afghanistan withdrawal date.

Biden has confronted criticism from each side of the aisle over his dedication to an August 31 deadline for withdrawing American troops from the Kabul airport the place hundreds of Individuals and allies are at the moment trying to make their technique to because the Taliban continues to place up roadblocks and assault these attempting to flee.

Protection Dept. Press Secretary John Kirby stated Tuesday that the White Home remains to be “aiming towards the top of the month” for a whole withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. 

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The Pentagon additionally stated the variety of U.S. troops in Afghanistan will go to “zero” on the Aug. 31 deadline. 

Democratic Rep. Jason Crow from Colorado broke with President Biden on the Aug. 31 Afghanistan troop withdrawal deadline, noting that circumstances “have modified.”

Whereas talking throughout the Home Democratic Caucus’ Tuesday information convention, Crow stated the deadline to get Individuals and Afghan allies out of Afghanistan must be “prolonged.”

Crow additionally stated America has a “ethical obligation” to get Americans house.

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Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy agreed that the deadline needs to be prolonged and stated there’s “no manner” Biden will have the ability to retrieve all Individuals and allies from the nation by August 31.

On Wednesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken estimated that there have been roughly 1,500 Individuals left within the nation, 1,000 of which the federal government has not been in a position to contact.

In keeping with Blinken, 82,300 folks have been flown out of Kabul since August 14.

“It is laborious to overstate the complexity and the hazard of this effort,” Blinken stated. “We’re working in a hostile atmosphere in a metropolis and nation now managed by the Taliban with the very actual risk of an ISIS-Okay assault. We’re taking each precaution, however that is very excessive threat.”

Blinken added that the US continues to be “relentless in our outreach.”

Houston Keane, Greg Norman, and Lucas Y. Tomlinson contributed to this report

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