tv Freedom Caucus Members Hold Briefing on Afghanistan CSPAN September 1, 2021 5:10am-6:07am EDT
we join in progress. >> we know planes have been flown out of afghanistan to other jurisdictions. and we have the state department saying basically the fact that we left americans behind -- i don't want to misquote, but i think -- i will paraphrase, they said this happens all the time. it is on several. --it is unacceptable. it is not acceptable. and we are going to continue to fight this thing through and raise accountability. so the freedom caucus, many of our members, a general
consensus, besides the impeachment effort of homeland secretary mayorkas, we have engaged in an impeachment effort of secretary of state antony blinken. we believe that he has got culpability for much of the travesty that has gone on here. we have also called for resignation of various leaders. we are joint, for instance, in our call for resignations from secretary austin and general milley by 90 retired generals. we also call upon the person who said the buck stops here, who said more than 20 times we will not leave any american behind. the person who basically orchestrated the july 2 evacuation in bagram without telling afghanis. we call upon the resignation of
this president, joe biden. with that, the main sponsor, the original sponsor of the blinken impeachment, i will go to him, followed by clay higgins, the architect and drafter of the resolutions for resignation. with that, andy harris. rep. harris: thank you very much. now that the afghanistan withdrawal debacle is over, we have to be sure nothing like this will ever happen again. last friday, we filed a resolution including impeachment articles for secretary blinken. secretary blinken has utterly failed in his duties as secretary of state as defined by the roles and duties of the position in statute.
they are clearly written in title 22 of the u.s. code. for instance, the secretary of state shall develop enablement policies and program--develop and implement policies and programs to provide for the security of a diplomatic nature. clearly what they have done in afghanistan is abandoned the embassy. he is tasked with security and responsibility including "emergency planning," and clearly emergency planning wasn't done. he is tasked with counterterrorism letting" nation, including emmert--counterterrorism coordination. clearly not done in afghanistan finally, the secretary of state is responsible for overseas evacuations. many people don't realize this. it is not the department of defense. secretary of state. the secretary of state shall develop and implement policies and programs to provide for the safe and efficient evaluation of united states government personnel, defendants, and private -- dependents, and
private united states citizens when their lives are endangered. such policies include identifying high-risk areas were evaluation may be necessary. ladies and gentlemen, afghanistan was one of those areas where evacuation was necessary. and even last week we were told by the secretary that no american who wants to leave will be left behind, and yet we know that over 100 americans who wanted to leave were left behind. this is the responsibility of the secretary of state. the secretary of state utterly failed in his duties to develop and implement an effective, safe, and efficient evacuation plan, you must be allocable. he has to be--and he has to be held accountable. he has to be healthy, but because russia, china, north korea, iran at this moment imminently threaten our allies, and we need to be certain that something like afghanistan does not happen with one of our other allies needed new, competent leadership at the state government, and it
starts with the resignation or impeachment of the secretary. i now yield to mr. higgins. rep. higgins: good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. american citizens -- to call for the resignation of a sitting president is a somber affair. to officially introduce by legislative act a congressional response to the voice and will of we the people, the citizenry that we serve, to uphold the oath as a congressional servant to the nation that we love, this morning i introduced three resolutions calling for
resignation. one for the president of our united states. another for his secretary of defense. and another for his chairman of the joint chiefs. america faces a great division coming into this era of unspeakable grief as we look with broken hearts upon the failure of our executive branch to execute a well-planned withdrawal of american forces and allies assets from afghanistan. there was a plan in place last year that was turned over to the biden administration and i supported and would have worked.
but our president determined he would not follow the previous administration's plan for withdrawal and went off upon his own. there is many millions of americans are hurt because they supported president biden and they look on and in horror at the tragedy that has unfolded before them, and they know in their hearts -- you americans, you know who you are, i'm speaking to you now with compassion and love as your fellow american. let us set aside our political affiliations in our ideological perspectives during this moment of challenge in american history , and let us just conveyed to each other from the depths of our heart and soul that we
recognize the failure of our executive and it is the right thing to do for the president of the united states to preserve some modicum of honor and to step down. if he does so, the constitutional process will move forward, and for my democratic brothers and sisters across the country, who i strongly opposed in this last election as a republican and a conservative constitutionalist, but i speak to you as an american, understand that asking for your president's resignation, demanding your president's resignation because of his failure, causes the ascension of your vice president to the
status of commander-in-chief and president of the united states. you put her in office, let's see what she's got. because the right thing to in america right now, as our reputation worldwide has been savaged by the actions of our own executive, as our allies meet in private to discuss the failed trust in america, what path forward, president biden has been in elected office for 50 years. it's arguable that he is not of his whole and right mind. we are compassionate people, but we expect performance, and performance right now for president biden calls for him to step down. his top military advisers, their
brothers, they know what to do. they swore an oath. we're asking for their resignation as well. officially, by congressional resolution, we, the most conservative of us, these resolutions have many, many cosponsors, original cosponsors, some of the most conservative voices in congress and a very difficult time to step forward and put their name and reputation on the line to officially and formally called for the resignation of the president of the united states and his tongue to military advisers. during this dark hour, let the hope and rightness of the american spirit lead to the way.
frequently through the annals of history of mankind calls for a leader to make a courageous gesture to resign his position of power. i call upon our president now to embrace this moment, and at the darkest hour, lead the way for the recovery of america by your resignation, mr. president. i think my colleagues prese--i thank my colleagues present, and high-yield. -- and i y8ield. >> scott perry from pennsylvania. rep. perry: morning, everybody, or good afternoon, whatever it is right now. the freedom caucus among other things wants to speak on behalf of all americans who are at home and watching this and feel helpless and hopeless to affect what is making them furious,
with what is making them angry, with what is breaking their hearts. the freedom caucus exists and is here today to not only be the voice, but to call for action. conscious words, but do something -- not just words, but do something about it, which is accountability. that is what i am here to support today. my good friend mr. higgins from louisiana, it is action that counts. my good friend mr. harris from maryland, it is action that counts. these people need to resign, they need to be impeached, and i want to add one thing -- i am calling on leader mccarthy, i'm calling on him to vacate, make the motion to vacate the chair. speaker pelosi is derelict in her duties. this government exists to preserve the rights of the american people. it exists to protect the rights of the american people from all foreign adversaries. i will tell you, i thought long and hard about it, whether it is
incompetence, whether it is neglect, or whether it is something worse. can you imagine that, whether it is something worse, that this was supposed to happen this way? ladies and gentlemen, this is more than neglect. this is of a trail. this is a betrayal of their oath, it is a betrayal of the country, it is a betrayal of everything we hold dear. this is not surrender of america by american people, by american citizens. this is surrender by joe biden and the people around him that refused to stand up and say acellena. leaving america---and say absolutely not. leaving american citizens behind in the, reserved one party only. that would be the democrats. while we thought it would only have an invalid what you and never happen again, it is happening right now--always thought it would only happen in world war ii and never happened again, it is happening right now. we are not waiting any longer. while they are talking over here and while speaker pelosi is back in california telling you that
she stands for women, little women and girls in afghanistan, american girls in afghanistan, are being persecuted and worse as we speak. we do not accept it. we demand accountability and we demand action. i would like to turn it over to the toughest lady in congress from colorado, ms. boebert. rep. boebert: man, that makes me want to run for congress. thank you very much, congressman. as the taliban celebrate victory from an unconditional surrender, we with the house freedom caucus demand accountability. it is time for action. the american people are fed up. i'm that. the people standing --i'm fed up. the people standing here with me today are fed up. service members -- 13 service
members killed. $85 billion worth of military equipment abandoned. thousands of americans left stranded. hundreds at this point. it should be enough for even the weakest members of congress to step up. i would hope that just one democrat would have the courage to join us, that one democrat could do more than the so-called commander-in-chief, who could only look at his watch while moms received the remains of their babies in dover. yesterday, terrorists killed someone, strung a person up by our very own black hawk helicopter, and flew them around for all the world to see. even tony montana would be ashamed, embarrassed, and discs
to the point is happening right now -- disgusted at what is happening right now. the truly oppressed -- the christians, the women, the children, the ones who dared to believe in freedom, it will be rewarded for taking --they will not be rewarded for taking a knee. they will be raped, they will be slaughtered, all by savages using america's military equipment. after 20 years of war, joe biden, or whoever is telling him what to do nowadays, made the taliban stronger than ever. make no mistake, members of the house freedom caucus are not standing here today because nancy pelosi called for an emergency session of congress. no, we are standing here because nancy pelosi, joe biden, and kamala harris and every person they put in a position of leadership failed our brave men and women.
they failed our brave men and women of the united states military, and they failed the american people. speaker pelosi called us back into session to begin the process of sending trillions and trillions of dollars. we damn sure can be called back into congress for this. this weekend,i promised every citizen i represent that i would do everything in my power as a united states congresswoman to get rid of joe biden. kamala harris and nancy pelosi can follow him out the frickin' door. i want everyone listening today on both sides of the aisle to hear these words -- we were sent to washington to represent the american people, not watch our country giveaway killian's of military equipped--billions of military equipment to known
terrorist, not to sit idly bite waiting for the next elections, and certainly not to put up with an inept, weak, and incapable regime that puts everyone but american citizens first. from day one, this regime, so-called administration, has been all about america last policies, and every day they prove that more and more. the father of one of our fallen soldiers said, hey, i'm just a carpenter. and even i can figure out how horrible this exit strategy was. we all know that we needed to leave afghanistan, and we all see how failed this mission was. he is right and you know it. his son did not deserve to die. the blame starts at the top with biden and his hand-picked vice
president, who bragged that she was right there making the same bad decisions. if not for her own dereliction of duty, she should be impeached for not demanding we invoke the 25th amendment. it is time for action. impeach biden, imepach kamala harris, and throw in the secretary of state if you can get him back from vacation. take a vote to vacate the chair, to get nancy pelosi the heck out of here. i hope at this time, at this stage, where we are today, there might be a handful of democrats who might join us in taking a stand for our fallen soldiers, for america, the constitution. if there are any republicans who have any doubt, know that you
will be facing your own primaries, and no amount of your precious money will be able to save you from the uprising of the american people, who demand we do something now. i didn't come to washington, d.c., to be a part of your club. i came here to make sure my boys never lived in a socialist nation. and now today, i have to second guess who would actually lead them if they took a stand to serve and join our military. woke doesn't work. cutting and running doesn't work. being asleep or senile or sucking on applesauce obviously doesn't work. we need leadership. we need action. and i plan to do whatever i can to deliver on both of these. thank you very much.
>> louie gohmert from texas . rep. gohmert: well, i was not in the military. the various times i've been to afghanistan since i been in congress. but i was in the military back when we had a commander-in-chief named carter. and he welcomed the ayatollah khomeini in iran as a man of peace, and it cost american lives. after the iranians took american hostages, he spent the rest of his presidency begging them to let them go when we were strong enough, we could have done something about it. and i hoped and prayed i would never see a time when america, united states of america, would plummet to that poor of
leadership that would get the americans put in harm's way by a weak president. but the truth is, as president obama has said, yes got most of his administration still there with president biden. and they were trying to buy the help of the taliban to just let us get out, killing us long enough trust to get out. it doesn't work with bloodthirsty, radical extremists like we have in the taliban. and make no mistake, if you bought the lies of they are at war with isis-k, that is exactly what the obama administration said after sending billions of dollars of weaponry and equipment to what they called the moderate rebels in syria,
when the equipment and the weapons kept being turned over to isis. even president obama had to suspend sending weapons to the moderate rebels for 90 days. but now we have a president again who -- he couldn't have made matters worse if he were giving money to his family from china or oligarchs in russia. he has put this nation at risk. one of my very wise colleagues said it will take us a generation to get back our credibility after abandoning those who fought for us and with us. and i said i'm sorry, in my years traveling around the world as a member of congress, we still have not completely recovered from the terrible presidency of jimmy carter.
it's going to be generations. there will be americans dying because of this president's policies, the secretary of defense and state. there were americans i've heard from who said we would be able to get people out, but we have to get clearance from the state department. the message getting desk we are not going to give them -- we are not going to give them clearance. they are going to be left to die. they would rather let them die than run the risk of something going wrong and the state department being blamed. let me tell you something else. people that i've met with that were leaders or allies in what used to be called the northern alliance, so many of them have
been ready to continue fighting. some of their children, like ahmad shah massoud's son is ready to leave and fight, but pakistan, without whom there would be no taliban, they invited some of our allies who thought and lost family -- they were invited to pakistan for discussions right before the taliban made their move on kabul. i don't know if they are there of their own choice still or they are being held against their will, but somebody in this administration needs to check on our former allies. they are still our allies, but they are in pakistan somewhere. as i understand it, some in a
different country. this administration has done an abysmal job. the intel telling me, people being brought in here, there is a significant percentage that our future boston marathon bombers because they are not doing adequate venting. this and -- vetting. this administration not only has blood on its hands already. it will cost american lives before we get it straight again. i am hoping that by bringing these things out, as we all are here, that enough american people will speak up, not in violence, but in protest, to let the administration know you are not going to ever have anybody from your power -- from your party running this country again, unless you fix these things now. i turn it over to my friend andrew clay.
>> thank you, louis. i appreciate the freedom caucus arranging this event today, chairman biggs, thank you. i consider it my duty to be in washington alongside my veterans to demand accountability from this administration and our top wrasse amid the stunning crisis in america. in american executive branch leadership. the senate announced that the last united states aircraft had departed kabul. we would be naive to buy into the narrative. ladies and gentlemen, we are still at war. we did not eliminate the threat. no, joe biden's failed withdrawal exacerbated it. al qaeda, isis, the taliban, now have a safe haven to regroup,
increase in strength, and plan their next evil attack. the truth is, we were fighting this war before 9/11. if you remember back to 1993 and the twin tower bombings, and we will have to continue to fight this war on terror going forward. we as a nation have enjoyed 20 years of safety and security since 9/11 because of the ability of our military and intelligence agencies to take the fight onto foreign soil, so we have not had to weather the storms of more terrorist attacks at home. they've done a great job. our veterans deserve tremendous praise and honor for the sacrifices of the last 20 years, keeping america safe. but the war has not ended. it just entered a new chapter. no longer will that be the case since we withdrew without eliminating the threat, and left behind approximately $80 billion in advanced weapons and
equipment that is in the hands of the taliban. president biden and the administration cap parroting the phrase -- kept parroting the phrase, we will get every american out who wants out, and we could have done that. we had the military strength but there was no will. the administration did not have the will. the administration lied to the american people, and we will now have dire consequences. how many are left, mr. president? the estimates are from hugh hundred to a few thousand -- from a few hundred to a few thousand. we are on the verge of a crisis on a massive scale. president biden and his advisors should have seen the rapid fall of afghanistan coming as intelligence assessments are vied it were indeed accurate. this was not an intelligence community failure, it was a failure of leadership.
if the administration could not understand the dire situation, they were incompetent from the very beginning but chose to ignore the intelligence and choose an inflexible course of action so they are culpable and directly responsible for this humiliating and deadly retreat. citizens they willingly left behind enemy lines and our allies, so secretary of state blinken, secretary of defense lloyd, should all resign, and i'm calling for their resignation again. i called for that last week, but at the end of the day, the buck stops with president biden. so he should resign too for this abysmal failure of leadership. "the washington times" just ran a story that approximately 90 retired military senior officers agreed and said, the top
military brass was negligent in performing their duties. as a retired senior military officer myself, that is exactly my point of view. my final message to all watching is this -- esther biden, give us a plan to bring all americans -- mr. biden, give us a plan to bring all americans home safely. we do not pull the -- we do not leave people behind. do not let the administration pull the wool over your eyes. we demand your plan and we will not stop until we get it. we are america. we don't leave our people behind . and with that, i yield to my good friend from virginia, bob good. >> thank you, andrew. speaker pelosi should call congress back into session now and if she doesn't do that, we ought to vacate the chair and remove her. this failed withdrawal clearly
demands congressional oversight. this administration couldn't have done a worse job if they had done it on purpose. it is no surprise this administration and military leaders have focused on climate change, they focus on this phony allegation of white supremacy and racism, they focus on equity and inclusion, transgender, and they even flew the u.s. pride flag over afghanistan. this administration does not know how many americans were abandoned in enemy territory, and they have no plan to rescue those left behind. he kept his promises to the taliban but has not kept his promises to the american people, when he promised he would leave no americans behind. only 4% of those who have been evacuated so far, about 5000 of 127,000, are americans, putting
others ahead of americans. this administration, which has showed known interest, desire, or willingness to properly vet those, they are helping to stream across our southern border. do you have any confidence they would adequately or sufficiently vet those coming in from afghanistan? if we got it 99% right -- and there is no way this administration would -- but 1% out of 120 thousand is 1200 bad guys, and we are already receiving credible reports of bad guys in our country who wish us harm who were not properly vetted, are kept from getting into our country. after 18 months of no debts in america -- in afghan -- deaths in afghanistan, we have 13 dead, 18 wounded, and hundreds or thousands on accounted for. the estimated we had 10,000 to
15,000 americans in afghanistan. we removed 500 -- 5000 and they say we have a few couple hundred left. this president has abandoned america to be captured, tortured, and killed by the taliban. how can he be ok with this? an artificial political goal to celebrate that we are out of afghanistan by 9/11. how are we supposed to trust this administration? it was confirmed that an afghan on the no-fly list was evacuated to the u.k. and it is only a matter of time before more dangerous afghani's are brought to this country, making once again every town a border town, every city a dangerous border city under this administration. biden takes naps while meeting with foreign dignitaries and checks his watch while he is receiving american troops at andrews. he breaks his promises to the american people.
his secretary of state blinken should be impeached for his leadership, or failed leadership, in this disastrous withdrawal. president biden, secretary austin, and general milley should resign or face impeachment. senator -- senator pelosi, call us -- chair powell oc, call us back into session. -- chair powell oc -- >> thank you to our soldiers, sailors, and marines who have shown incredible courage and compassion in this time. you are truly our national treasure. our hearts go out to our families who are mourningh. as a mother, i cannot fathom the pain you are enduring, and i think of the found -- thousands
of families that have lost loved ones over there. they had their whole lives ahead of them. americans are looking for answers and they don't believe what is coming out of the administration. pelosi promised a hearing on august 17 and as of yet, no hearing. the last hearing they had was on windmills, totally disrespectful. i can't help but notice, why are our flags not flying at half mast? we should be weeping and mourning over the direction of our country. where are the house democrats? did adam shifty schiff fall off the face of the earth? congress must hold hearings to hold president biden responsible
. i've been thinking about this. olden people responsible. during the 2020 20 election, our national media covered for joe biden. they refused to ask him tough questions. the questions that should have been asked today, we now have serious questions about president biden's abilities to do his job. in the critical days when kabul fell, president biden went to delaware and then camp david and disappeared. the media has failed the american people by picking a candidate who was not up for the job, but now it is congress' duty to hold him accountable. no one in this administration has resigned or been fired. secretary austin, general milley, secretary blinken, are still in charge after this
disaster. the consequences are going to reverberate for a long time. we all know that another 911 -- 911 is coming. -- 9/11 is coming. we are in a terrible position worldwide. in addition, the administration has allowed our southern border to remain open and exposed for any terrorist to cross unimpeded , and remain in the united states. the first duty of the government is to protect its people. we have open borders and a national security disaster with less than two weeks from the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 national heartbreaking disaster. our troops were deployed to the
most dangerous place in the world to save american lives. the leaders should have had their backs. i go to bed at night, wake up during the night, wake up in the morning thinking about the families that have lost loved ones over there, and in addition, the americans we left. the allies we abandoned. the christians that are going to be murdered, tortured and murdered, and the women and girls. i have a friend whose mother married a pedophile and brought him into her home, and he raped her two younger sisters. that mother is just as guilty as the pedophile, in my opinion. this administration is just as guilty as the terrorists. our troops have deserved better, and the american people deserve better.
we will continue to pray for our troops, for america. we pray that pelosi will call us back or vacate the seat. we demand it. the american people want answers. thank you. so barry moore from alabama. >> thank you. appreciate you
holding this conference. this is pinned on my lapel, my american flag in, not my congressional pin. we need to come together as a nation. my son tells a story, they were doing sort of an experiment in a science class and they put red ants and black ants in a giant aquarium. the ants functioned fine until someone shook the aquarium and they turned on each other. we as a nation are better figure
out who is shaking our aquarium. general milley said a few months ago he wanted to understand the white rage and what american people want to understand is the red, white, and blu-ray. how -- blue rage. a president who has created a crisis on our southern border, people coming in
unvented, unvaccinated, untested, 10 i think are on the most wanted terrorist list. now we are dependent on foreign oil. we are asking opec. we have a crisis in afghanistan that is the making of this administration. they need to be held accountable for what they are doing, and the stops at the top. you are going to see the biden administration try to come up with a scapegoat. it will happen. be ready, media. pay attention. do your job as the american media. take off your dnc t-shirts and
get out your press credentials and talk to your sources and find out who is driving this debacle in afghanistan and department of state? don't let them give you a scapegoat. don't let that happen on your watch. we have freedom of press for a reason. loc is not doing her job, obviously. she needs -- pelosi is not doing her job, obviously. she needs to call us back in. one final thing, joe biden must go. >> thanks, everyone. you can certainly see the passion and drive of the house freedom caucus, and in reality, we are going to keep pushing on these various initiatives. one was to bring the impeachment of our homeland security secretary for the crisis on the border. we have 19,000 unaccompanied
minors coming across in july and over 18,000 again in august. that's a leadership failure. it's a policy failure. this group is calling for the impeachment and has introduced a resolution in congress to impeach secretary of state antony blinken. -- antony blinken. this debacle happened in afghanistan. it is a leadership and policy failure. calling upon -- calling for the resignation of secretary austin and general milley. this crisis could have been averted if we had had leadership and good policies in place. and ultimately, this comes down to the man himself who always says the buck stops here and then blames everybody but himself, president joe biden.
we call upon him to resign immediately. with that, we've got time for a couple questions. >> you've been out spoken -- you've been an outspoken supporter of ending these intractable military policies. given the scenes we are seeing on the ground, did you change your mind? was it a mistake for this and the past administration to withdraw troops this summer? >> a couple things with that. this administration basically scrapped the power-sharing and conditional response withdrawal that president trump put in place. he put in place a system of checks and balances. and they had entered into an agreement, power-sharing between the taliban and afghani government. when the taliban would violate
the agreement, there would be an immediate and disproportionate retribution by our military, on the taliban. and immediate communication as to why they were receiving, on the receiving end of a hellacious retribution. the result was, because they feared him, and he feared -- they feared that his leadership would actually bring retribution if they violated the agreement, that is why you saw 18 months without attacks on u.s. forces. when he took out soleimani, that changed the nature of the understanding of american military -- military will. when joe biden came in and scrapped that and said, we will do this for a political purpose, for a headline on september 11, it changed both the will of the afghani military and it also increased the will of the taliban terrorists.
>> the afghan commanders wrote a piece for the new york times. this whole concept that they were incompetent, all of our passwords and equipment were taken. at the height of the hostage crisis, this was viewed that this was not accidental and the regime was given a list of things to check from china. and the greatest beneficiary is china, because they gained almost all the rare-earth. they gained their path. is anyone exploring the incompetence and very well organized and planned checklist on each of the payments for hunter? >> july 2, when bagram was back you late -- evacuated, we turned
off the power and left, but we left a lot of material, weapons, ammunition, humvees, etc. that to me signaled that this was going to be a disastrous exit from afghanistan. the result has been of course china looks at afghanistan for two reasons. their belt and road initiative to encircle the world, and number two, afghanistan has a lot of unique mineral assets which will further chinese ambitions militarily. we need to look at that, and that's one of the things we've been doing. we've been calling repeatedly to be brought back into session and start the investigative hearings on what happened, why this happened, and to really open this up. where we sit today, the house administration with nancy pelosi
is not even inclined to address those issues. she's talked about everything for rights for women, which is an important thing, but not in the height of the disastrous consequences of what we've seen and afghanistan today. last question. >> i would like to get your view on this and also mr. higgins, with the hurricane coming through. there is talk they might need to have a spending bill or tack it onto one of the next bills moving through. what's your view, once we get an assessment, on how that could be handled and should that be paid for -- what is the position of the freedom caucus? we have yet to hear mr. higgins. >> i will turn it over in just the second. right now, our hearts go out to the people of louisiana who endured another devastating hurricane, and we certainly are respectful of that. but what we are here for today is to remind people of the
necessity to remove the leadership of this regime. i don't think it is worthy of even being called an administration anymore. they are operating as an oligarchical regime and need to be brought to bear. the last word will go to clay higgins. >> thank you for acknowledging the suffering of the citizens of louisiana. from the brutal hurricane, yesterday, and the nature of the people of louisiana is that, we are going to stand back up. we are a tough and resilient people. louisiana is no stranger to hurricanes and their impact on recovery. what is significant about the storm that hit new orleans and the eastern parishes of
louisiana, a couple of days ago, there is a similarity of two storms that hit my district, a year ago. the lack of candid and open communications with this executive, since then, and the failure of madame speaker pelosi to bring a supplemental disaster funding bill, which is attached to direct grant access for government entities and citizens in impacted areas. the democrat leadership in the house and executive leadership in the white house. listen, as a louisiana citizen, i'm going to work shoulder to shoulder with my brothers and sisters. i have family in orleans and st. tammany parishes.
they were smashed and i will help them stand back up. i expect my colleagues in government to do the same. what would be a good start, 85 billion dollars worth of military equipment that was left behind in afghanistan. we could use some of those assets for the citizens of america. let's put america first. mr. president, if you have an ounce of respect for your 50 years of service to this nation, and to move forward towards healing, to unite our nation, to get past this nightmare that you've created, and by god, man, resign. i thank my colleagues for joining us today. thank you so much. >> one more. >> chairman, [indiscernible]
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