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Democrats ramp up oversight over Biden's Afghan withdrawal

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Congressional Democrats are preparing a series of hearings on the US withdrawal from Afghanistan amid rising anger about the Biden administration's handling of the end of the war, with the Taliban rapidly taking control and the US chaotically scrambling to evacuate Americans and vulnerable Afghan allies. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said there would be a hearing in the Foreign Affairs Committee ear...

Lawmakers request more information from Biden on plan to evacuate Americans and others from Afghanistan

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More than 40 House members — Democrats and Republicans — have asked the Biden administration to provide more details about how congressional offices can work with federal agencies to help evacuate individuals still in Afghanistan as the country is increasingly being taken over by Taliban forces. Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-Calif.) wrote to Biden requesting that the administration — and especially the Sta...

‘Tragic…Mission Completed…Fiasco’ — San Diego House Delegation Reacts to Fall of Kabul

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The San Diego Congressional delegation reacted to the fall of Kabul with a mix of criticism and resignation, but all stressed that former American allies must be evacuated. “Nearly 20 years ago, we began our mission in Afghanistan with the goal of defeating the terrorists who were responsible for the attacks of Sept. 11 and reducing the potential for additional terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. We c...

Meals on Wheels Hosts a Special Guest

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A few Spring Valley Meals on Wheels clients got a special delivery from Congresswoman Sara Jacobs. Jacobs helped deliver meals after touring the organization’s local headquarters on Tuesday. She and Meals on Wheels San Diego County President and CEO Brent Wakefield visited 98-year-old Margaret B. and 90-year-old veteran Lawrence “Larry” S. and his wife Margaret, also 90. Meals on Wheels San Diego ...

Reps. Issa, Jacobs, Peters React to Afghanistan Withdrawal

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Reps. Darrell Issa, Sara Jacobs and Scott Peters all agree that, right now, America's focus on Afghanistan should be on evacuating Americans and their allies from the country as quickly as possible. "We've been watching the Taliban make this progress toward Kabul, so although it's horrifying, it isn't surprising that this lack of preparedness, lack of response, has now led to chaos and death," sai...

San Diego members of Congress react to Afghanistan withdrawal

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Congressional leaders from San Diego were speaking out Monday about President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw from Afghanistan. As the Taliban took over Kabul Sunday, the images from Afghanistan have left many people stunned by the chaos and by how quickly the capital was captured. “If anything, what we’re seeing right now makes it clear that another five or 10 or 20 years of military presence, ...

In desperation, U.S. scours for countries willing to house Afghan refugees

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President Joe Biden's administration has been holding secret talks with more countries than previously known in a desperate attempt to secure deals to temporarily house at-risk Afghans who worked for the U.S. government, four U.S. officials told Reuters. The previously unreported discussions with such countries as Kosovo and Albania underscore the administration's desire to protect U.S.-affiliated...

Democratic Lawmakers Push to Extend Eviction Moratorium

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Almost 11 months after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) imposed a moratorium to help people from losing their homes due to the pandemic, the federal ban on evictions expired Saturday. In June, the CDC extended the ban for one month. It immediately faced legal setbacks, with the Supreme Court ruling that it could remain in place until July, but that any additional extensions wou...

Rep. Jacobs Cheers Decision to Resettle Thousands of Afghan Allies and Families

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Rep. Sara Jacobs, a leading advocate of resettling threatened Afghan allies and their families, on Tuesday applauded the State Department’s expansion of the program. Late Monday the resettlement program was expanded to include thousands of “priority two” allies, covering Afghans who worked for U.S.-funded projects and for U.S.-based non-government bodies and media outlets. “We have an obligation t...

Evictions Are Coming. Democrats “Failed to Meet This Moment,” Say Democrats.

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The federal eviction moratorium ends today, and housing rights advocates and tenants around the country worry that anywhere between hundreds of thousands and millions of people will be thrown onto the streets in the coming days and weeks. Congressional Democrats on Friday night attempted to pass an extension of the moratorium. Not only couldn’t they get any Republicans to sign on, but they couldn’...