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Young Kim Pushes for Accountability and Transparency Regarding the Afghanistan Withdrawal

Young Kim Pushes for Accountability and Transparency Regarding the Afghanistan Withdrawal

Republican Representative Young Kim introduced legislation that’s aimed to bring more oversight to the State Department’s efforts to continue to evacuate Afghanistan. Kim, who serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, claims this oversight that the Rescue Endangered SIVs and Citizens and Urgently Evacuate to Safety Act will expedite the process.

“The Biden administration’s disastrous withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan has resulted in the loss of 13 U.S. service members, abandoned Americans and allies behind enemy lines, emboldened the Taliban to expand its terrorist network and tainted America’s standing on the world stage,” Kim said.

The RESCUES Act would require the Secretary of State to “report on funding provided by the Department of State to nongovernmental entities for the purposes of evacuating covered individuals from Afghanistan.” The bill would have the secretary include a costs breakdown regarding flights, visas, and housing. It would also include the number of people looking to be evacuated, people who have been evacuated, fees paid to the Taliban, and efforts to avoid waste.

“Biden’s failed withdrawal from Afghanistan needlessly left behind American citizens and Afghan allies,” Rep. Elise Stefanik, who co-sponsored the bill, said. “Americans deserve to know their taxpayer dollars are being put to good use by providing for the rescue of those left stranded, so we must have clarity and accountability from the Department of State.”

The legislation defines a “covered individual” as a national of the United States, a legal, permanent resident, an Afghan who has a special immigrant visa or has applied for one, or a national of Afghanistan who is being processed under the United States Refugee Admissions Program.

“The State Department’s disorganized handling of evacuations and lack of communication with Congress and the American people continues to prompt questions and warrant answers,” Kim said. “Our mission is not over as long as Americans remain in Taliban- controlled Afghanistan, which is why I am proud to lead the RESCUES Act to ensure Congress uses its oversight powers and the American people can have answers.”

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