Pelosi’s visit to Texas sparks GOP response amid Afghan crisis
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi traveled to Texas this week to tout the health care aspects of the Biden administration’s ‘Build Better’ program – but a Republican spokeswoman said her timing was all false.
After a deadly attack at Kabul airport in Afghanistan killed 13 U.S. military personnel last month, the San Francisco Democrat’s services were needed more in Washington than in Austin, the spokeswoman said. GOP.
“It is inappropriate and insensitive for Nancy Pelosi to push the Democrats’ agenda while Americans are still stranded in Afghanistan,” Macarena Martinez of the Republican National Committee (RNC) said, according to KXAN-TV in Austin.
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“Pelosi should return to Washington, DC, summon Congress and demand responses for Biden’s failed withdrawal from Afghanistan.”
Republicans and even some Democrats have accused the Biden administration of poor planning regarding the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan after a two-decade presence. As the number of US troops dwindled, Taliban fighters took control of large parts of the country, culminating in the fall of Kabul to the Taliban on August 15.
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Then came the frantic effort to evacuate U.S. citizens and others from Kabul airport – and the August 26 terrorist attack that killed dozens of Afghans in addition to 13 U.S. soldiers.
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But Thursday in Austin, Pelosi – accompanied by U.S. Representative from Texas Lloyd Doggett and Austin Mayor Steve Adler – slammed Texas Republicans for making the state one of 12 countries that do not provide services. Extended Medicaid, KXAN reported.
âIt is almost an immorality to say, ‘I will not take money from the federal government to pay 100% for Medicaid. My decision is to remove millions of people in my state, âPelosi said.
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During the same visit to Texas, Pelosi also took aim at Texas’ new abortion law, pledging to help strengthen the Roe v. Wade of the 1973 United States Supreme Court legalizing abortion, which legal experts say is threatened by the court’s recent decision to allow the new Texas law to stand.
On Friday evening, a Texas state judge issued a temporary restraining order protecting state abortion clinics from prosecution permitted under the new law. A hearing in the case is scheduled for September 13, the Associated Press reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.