House GOP Urges Democrats to Address Afghanistan During Emergency Session

After Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) $3.5 trillion budget resolution just squeaked through the Senate hours before Congress’s August recess, House Democrats called an emergency session for Aug. 23 that continued late into Tuesday evening. At the session, the House considered three monumental pieces of legislation: the Senate-passed infrastructure bill, Sanders’s budget resolution, and Rep. Terri Sewell’s (D-Ala.) ‘John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.’ The infrastructure bill, as laid out in an agreement made Tuesday morning between Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), was pushed off to be considered by the House sometime before Sept. 27. But in a party line vote, Democrats voted 220-212 to advance Sanders’s budget and Sewell’s election bill. Republicans spent much of the session criticizing Democratic priorities. This emergency session was the first since the fall of Kabul to the Taliban terrorist group, and Republicans urged Democrats “to put politics aside” and hold consideration of the three …Read More

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