Republicans and Democrats urge Biden to extend August 31 deadline

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers urged President Joe Biden to extend his

August 31st deadline for evacuating American citizens and allies from Kabul and continuing the mission for as long as it takes.

Washington (D.C.) – Congressman Tom Malinowski (D-NJ), ranking member Michael McCaul (R-TX), and Congressman Andy Kim (D-NJ), held a joined press conference today to urge President Biden to continue the evacuations from Afghanistan until all Americans and all our Afghan allies are safely out of the country.

Congressman Andrew Kim (D-NJ) said that it comes down to the worth of the American handshake, of the promises and our commitments that we make to others. He added that this isn’t about Democrats or Republicans, but about America, and of its duty to help those who risked their lives to help us.

“Are we going to keep our deadline, or are we going to keep our promise?” – said Congressman Tom Malinowski (D- NJ)

“We promised them that we would get them out. How can they trust America anymore if we violate our trust and our promises,” said Congressman Michael McCaul (R- TX)

Same day, Congressman Troy Balderson (R-OH) issued the following statement to Alie Pierce:

“Congressional offices are acting as "de facto State Departments," scrambling to help evacuate constituents, their families, their friends, and our Afghan partners. My office will continue to do everything we can to assist these individuals until all are out safely, regardless of arbitrary deadlines from the Administration.

As August 31 looms, our allies and adversaries around the world are watching how the U.S handles the crisis unfolding at the airport in Kabul. Thousands of American citizens and Afghan partners remain stranded behind enemy lines waiting to be evacuated. Abandoning OUR VALUES AND THE promises we made to the people who bravely stood by our side over the last 20 years is not the answer.”

Congressman Balderson also sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin asking for clarification and breakdown of the chaotic evacuation attempts and humanitarian crisis in Kabul continuing to deteriorate.

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Editors Note: (Main Photo/via Congressman Andy Kim Twitter Acct) Alie Pierce is a human rights advocate directly involved in the evacuation efforts in Kabul, Afghanistan.