Chairs Maloney, Lynch Issue Statement After Classified Briefing on Afghanistan
Washington, D.C. (September 22, 2021)— Today, Administration officials from the Departments of State, Defense, and Homeland Security, as well as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, provided Members of the Committee on Oversight and Reform and the Committee on Foreign Affairs with a classified briefing on the situation in Afghanistan and ongoing efforts to evacuate and resettle U.S. citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and vulnerable Afghans. Following the briefing, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Oversight Committee, and Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, released a statement:
“President Biden has been clear that our mission to evacuate American citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and vulnerable Afghans—particularly women and girls—from Afghanistan will continue for as long as it takes. Our Committee will continue to conduct rigorous oversight to ensure that the Biden Administration has the authorities and resources it needs to facilitate this effort as safely and expediently as possible, and to protect our long-term national security and counterterrorism interests in Afghanistan.
“We’d like to thank our Foreign Affairs Committee colleagues for joining us at today’s briefing, and we look forward to working with Ranking Member Comer, Ranking Member Grothman, and our Republican colleagues to continue our Committee’s long history of conducting bipartisan oversight of U.S. policy in Afghanistan.”
On August 31, 2021, the Committee held a bipartisan briefing with Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John F. Sopko to discuss the circumstances that led to the collapse of the Afghan government and security forces.
On September 10, 2021, Chairwoman Maloney, Chairman Lynch, Ranking Member Comer, and Ranking Member Grothman sent a bipartisan letter to SIGAR Sopko requesting that he conduct a thorough review to examine why the U.S. reconstruction mission in Afghanistan was ultimately unsuccessful, as well as the potential impact the Taliban’s return to power will have for U.S. national security and the people of Afghanistan.