Pelosi Blocks House from Reading Names of 13 Fallen U.S. Troops
'They did not acknowledge us and just closed the House down'
Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi has blocked the House from publicly reading the names of the 13 fallen U.S. service members who were killed in Afghanistan, according to House Republicans.
Pelosi ignored the Republicans’ request to read the names and “just closed the House down," Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) told the Floridan.
“We gaveled in, had a prayer, said the Pledge of Allegiance, took a moment of silence with pretty much all Republican veterans, then asked to be recognized to read names and bring up Afghanistan legislation,” Mast told the Floridian.
“They did not acknowledge us and just closed the House down.”
Rep. Carlos A. Gimenez (R-FL) asked if Pelosi was trying “to cover up” Biden's disastrous mistake in pulling out troops by not allowing the names to be read.
“How badly do Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats want to cover up this Afghanistan debacle?” Gimenez asked.
“They just blocked Members of Congress from reading the names of the service members who sacrificed their lives in Afghanistan last week."
"Don’t you think our military deserves better?”
How badly do Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats want to cover up this Afghanistan debacle?— Congressman Carlos A. Gimenez (@RepCarlos) August 31, 2021
They just blocked Members of Congress from reading the names of the service members who sacrificed their lives in Afghanistan last week.
Don’t you think our military deserves better?
Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) blasted Pelosi for ignoring requests by Republicans, suggesting it was an example of “how far our nation has fallen.”
“House Democrats just refused to recognize Republican veterans on the House Floor to read the names of our fallen service members in Afghanistan," he said.
"That’s how far our nation has fallen,” Steube said.
House Democrats just refused to recognize Republican veterans on the House Floor to read the names of our fallen service members in Afghanistan.— Congressman Greg Steube (@RepGregSteube) August 31, 2021
That’s how far our nation has fallen.
Democrats recently blocked House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's House vote to “require” Biden to recover the military gear.
“Democrats just blocked a vote to require a plan from President Biden to bring Americans home and to account for all the military equipment he left behind,” McCarthy tweeted.
“Republicans will not stop until every American is home safely.”
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member James Comer (R-KY) immediately requested a briefing on the evacuation from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).
Comer wrote in a press release:
“Committee Republicans invited the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction to brief Congress today, and I appreciate his willingness to come forward and his commitment to testify before the full Committee in the coming weeks."
Between the botched withdrawal, the Biden Administration choosing to leave Americans behind the likelihood American military equipment and taxpayer dollars now reside in Taliban or terrorist hands, Afghan President Ghani fleeing the country with more than $169 million, and the deaths of 13 U.S. servicemen and women, the situation in Afghanistan is dismal and heart-wrenching.
“This is unacceptable,” Comer concluded.
“Republicans will continue to take all actions possible to investigate what went wrong and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.”