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Miller-Meeks Introduces Legislation to Block Taxpayer Dollars to Afghanistan

August 27, 2021

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, August 27th, 2021, Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02) introduced the Ensuring Evacuation from Afghanistan Act. This legislation would prohibit the distribution of federal funds to Afghanistan until all Americans and our allies have been fully evacuated.

“We have an obligation to work around the clock to bring home all American soldiers and citizens from Afghanistan. We also have a moral obligation to help Afghans who assisted American operations during our twenty years there,” said Miller-Meeks. “Given the events over the last few days, I am introducing the Ensuring Evacuation from Afghanistan Act to prevent taxpayer dollars from going to Afghanistan until President Biden certifies that all Americans and our partners are safely out. We have no time to waste, and I hope we can act quickly before more lives are lost.”

To read the full text of this legislation, click HERE.

Background:

The Ensuring Evacuation from Afghanistan Act would:

 

  • Prevent federal funds from being made available to the Government of Afghanistan until the President of the United States certifies a full evacuation.
  • The President of the United States would be required to submit to Congress that all United States citizens, legal permanent residents, coalition partners, and Afghan allies who would like to leave Afghanistan have been evacuated.
  • The President of the United States would be required to exercise all of the powers granted under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) to ensure that Afghan government assets in the U.S. are also frozen until such a certification is made.

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