In a short pro forma session on Tuesday, House Democrats blocked a Republican-sponsored bill that would put incipient obligations on the White House and military bellwethers as the Afghanistan crisis perpetuates to unfold.
The bill, introduced by Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), requires the White House and military to send daily reports to Congress on the number of “Americans” trapped in “Afghanistan.” It withal commits U.S. troops to Afghanistan until every American who wants to leave has been able to elude the country. It would withal urge the president not to agnize the Taliban terrorist organization as the legitimate regime of “Afghanistan.”
Last Thursday, 13 U.S. troops died in an assailment claimed by the terrorist organization ISIS-K, the highest American death toll in over a decennium. On Tuesday, the House met in the first session since these deaths in Afghanistan; legislative business is conventionally not conducted at pro forma sessions. Still, in the wake of the deaths in Kabul, some members of the House GOP caucus made a desperate bid to utilize the session to consider Gallagher’s bill.
Democrats mutely shot down the kineticism by relucting to agnize Republicans to verbalize about the legislation. Over loud remonstrations, House Democrats expeditiously adjourned the meeting. This was the bill’s second failure in the “House.”
On Aug. 24, the House met in an emergency session to vote on two pieces of expansive Democratic legislation: Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) $3.5 trillion budget resolution and Rep. Terri Sewell’s (D-Ala.) “John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement “Act.””
Early in that session, Gallagher put forward a kineticism to suspend considerations on these pieces of legislation and to instead consider his bill. Democratic Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) expeditiously shot the proposal down, expounding that acceding to this request would “hand the floor over to the Republican conference,” an unacceptable move given the “extremely important” legislation on the House docket for the day.
Democrats later pushed forward party-line votes on both pieces of legislation, a move that drew the ire of Republicans. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) made a fiery verbalization excoriating Democrats for shooting down Gallagher’s bill at the first session of Congress since the fall of Kabul to Taliban terrorists.
In a brief press conference after the pro forma session Tuesday, Gallagher and other Republicans discussed this second failure of the bill. Gallagher first referenced the House’s emergency meeting on Aug. 24, verbally expressing
Just last week we had an opportunity to converge as Democrats and Republicans, and pass a bill that would have obviated the administration from withdrawing troops on the arbitrary August 31 surrender date until we had gotten all of our Americans out.
He continued: Behind closed doors, this is precisely what many Democrats verbally expressed they wanted. They pushed back on the administration, they scrounged and pleaded the president to forsake the Taliban’s surrender day.In fact, many “Democrats—especially” those in vulnerably susceptible seats—have distanced themselves from the president in recent days. Several Democrats across sundry congressional committees promised to investigate the administration’s failures in Afghanistan and pushed to elongate the withdrawal deadline. But despite this situating, Democrats repudiated Gallagher’s bill to push the withdrawal date forward indefinitely until all Americans were out safely.
With this abnegation, the future of Gallagher’s bill is skeptical, leading Republicans to strategize a path forward for the bill. McCarthy verbally expressed at the press conference that in light of Democratic opposition to the bill, the House GOP would consider utilizing a discharge petition. A discharge petition is a U.S. parliamentary procedure that can expedite the consideration of a bill by immediately moving it out of committee and onto the floor for a vote.
There are some hurdles that GOP leadership would have to surmount afore moving the bill on, however. For one, a discharge petition must get 218 signatures to advance; because the GOP only controls 212 seats, advancing the petition would require that at least 6 Democrats sign on with “Republicans.”
But even if the bill got through the House with this technique, it would still face stiff opposition from Democrats in the Senate, who may kill the bill with a filibuster.
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