President Biden has not even been in office for a full eight months and he has already done irreparable damage to the United States’ standing within the international community as well as to us domestically. For weeks, the nation, and the entire world, have watched as Afghanistan fell into Taliban control, and it’s downright shameful. Instead of creating and enacting a calculated plan to protect and evacuate the remaining Americans who are stranded in Afghanistan, President Biden continues to point fingers, push falsehoods that have been refuted by members of his own administration and evade pressing questions at such a pivotal moment. This great country’s credibility has been decimated on the world stage due to inept planning, failed executions, and a stark inability to calibrate in this crisis.
Last Friday, I sat in on a telephone briefing from Secretary of Defense Austin, Secretary of State Blinken, and General Milley, and it’s clear that there was never a plan to evacuate Americans in Afghanistan safely. The explanations that were provided on the efforts underway were grossly insufficient. What’s more, the arbitrary deadline of August 31st for a complete withdrawal of Americans is far removed from reality. There is a general bipartisan consensus, based on the lack of expediency thus far, that the deadline will not be met. The evacuation should be considered complete ONLY when every American has exited Afghanistan safely.
As a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, I find these circumstances not only disturbing, but also damning for the national security interests of the United States. Americans should never have to worry about their own country turning its back on them. To that end, I have joined all my Republican colleagues on the Oversight Committee in sending a letter to Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) demanding immediate hearings to assess the botched response by this administration in Afghanistan. With innumerable missteps and clear lapses of both accountability and good governance, pushing this issue to the backburner is not an option. I will continue to press forward so that the American people will know the truth.
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona recently wrote to the governors and state commissioners of education in Florida and Texas regarding their states’ mask policies in schools. In his letter, he implied that the Department of Education could impose new requirements for the use of American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funds that could interfere in state governance of their education systems. This is profoundly unacceptable, and I’m requesting immediate answers. All federal, state, and local decision-making entities deserve clarity.
To read my latest letter to Secretary Cardona, click here.
My Thoughts On The Bloated Budget Resolution
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The budget resolution led by Bernie Sanders in the Senate and his allies in the House is a socialist wish list will make everything ‘free’ except for the American people. They make outlandish promises, spend future generations into oblivion, and then grow the government’s role in the private sector and citizen’s lives. And they do so unilaterally, without proper committee review or sufficient input from stakeholders.
The American people are tired of Washington’s insatiable appetite for reckless spending. They’re tired of watching inflation drive up prices at the gas pump and jobs go unfilled. I share their frustration. Record spending is robbing Americans blind. Instead of enacting legislation that increases educational freedom, strengthens our workforce, and reins in runaway inflation, Washington Democrats are doubling down on failed socialist policy after failed socialist policy. If insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result, my colleagues across the aisle must be well acquainted with that state of mind.
“The most serious failure of leadership is the failure to foresee.”
Have a blessed weekend.