Washington, DC - Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4) issued the below statement following the House of Representatives Republican Military Veterans press conference in Washington DC:
"President Biden turned his back on Americans and allies in Afghanistan, and his decision is costing lives.
"Thirteen service members were killed on the mission to save Americans and allies from the dangers of the Taliban. These heroes lost their lives because of weak leadership, and it is our duty as legislators to ensure their sacrifice was not in vain.
"This week, Democrats blocked a vote on a bipartisan bill that would facilitate efforts to bring Americans home. This political stunt is putting lives at risk when too many have already been lost.
"House Republican Military Veterans came together to advocate for this bill to save lives and ensure accountability for the actions of the White House. President Biden failed to protect Americans, and we cannot let this failure of leadership continue.
"Though Hurricane Ida prevented me from standing beside my colleagues, I pledge to continue working to ensure all Americans are brought home safely, and the leadership that left them there is held accountable," said Palazzo.
Congressman Steven Palazzo is a member of the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, Co-chair of the National Guard and Reserve Caucus, a United States Marine Corps Veteran, and currently serves as a member of the Mississippi National Guard. Read more about how Congressman Palazzo fights in Congress for our men and women in uniform here.