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Thu Dec 8, 2022 AT 9:54 AM EST

House Republicans are beginning to lay the groundwork for their first investigations into the Biden administration, starting with a review of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan last year. 

Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, sent letters to a number of government agencies requesting documentation and other materials related to the troop withdrawal, accusing the Biden administration of committing obstruction.

“It has been over a year since the Biden Administration’s botched Afghanistan withdrawal and the American people have not received any answers about this national security and humanitarian catastrophe. U.S. servicemen and women lost their lives, thousands of Americans were abandoned, billions of taxpayer dollars are still unaccounted for, military equipment fell into the hands of the Taliban, progress for Afghan women has stalled, and the entire region is under hostile Taliban control. Under a Republican majority, the Biden Administration’s obstruction of this investigation will be met with the power of the gavel,” Comer said in a statement. Read Full Story

Thu Dec 1, 2022 AT 10:45 AM EST

A group of Republican senators led by Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Wednesday threatened to withhold their votes to advance the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) if the chamber doesn’t vote on whether to end the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for members of the military. 

Paul said 20 Senate Republicans have signed a letter signaling they will vote against cloture on the NDAA. However, 41 senators are needed back the effort in order to grind the NDAA action to a halt. Senate and House negotiators have reportedly agreed to authorize $847 billion for the annual defense bill, a $45 billion increase from the Biden administration’s initial ask. The current defense funding expires later this month. Read Full Story

Tue Nov 29, 2022 AT 11:15 AM EST

House Republicans are weighing an effort to tie next year’s funding for the Pentagon to a number of demands, as conservatives push their GOP colleagues to punt a vote on the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act to January when the GOP will control the lower chamber.

In a letter last month, members of the House Freedom Caucus urged lawmakers to end “the contamination of our military by radical Leftist ‘woke’ ideologies and the prioritization of politics over combat readiness,” end defense funding for “pet climate projects,” and appoint a special inspector general to oversee the U.S. support for Ukraine… Read Full Story

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