US Home to approve $6.3B for Afghan refugee resettlement | Battle Information
The funding will support US government resettlement efforts for Afghan refugees following the evacuation of Kabul in August.
The US House of Representatives approves emergency aid worth 6.3 billion
The funds are part of a larger $ 28.6 billion disaster relief and emergency resolution bill on government funding that is expected to be passed Tuesday night in the House of Representatives – but could face an uphill battle in the U.S. Senate.
“This funding will ensure that government agencies involved in the relocation process have the capacity to help our Afghan allies build a new life of security in the United States,” said MEP Deborah Ross, a Democrat in the House of Representatives.
The Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives have tied emergency aid to a US government funding bill that will have to partially close without emergency funding at midnight on September 30th.
Most Republicans in Congress support funding for Afghan refugees, thousands of whom have been relocated to the US to date, including translators and others who helped US forces during the country’s 20-year mission in Afghanistan.
But the bigger funding move is facing an uncertain outlook in the US Senate, where Republicans are opposed to a provision that increases the amount of financial debt the US Treasury Department can issue.
Republicans have been particularly critical of President Joe Biden’s “botched” handling of the US military withdrawal in Afghanistan, which concluded on August 30th.
“America deserves answers to the decisions made and the resulting failures in leadership at all levels,” said MP Tom Cole, a Republican in the House of Representatives.
During the chaotic operation, more than 120,000 Afghans were evacuated from Kabul International Airport.
Days before the US withdrawal was complete, 175 Afghan civilians and 13 US military personnel were killed in a suicide attack near the airport claimed by the Islamic State of Khorasan Province, ISKP (ISIS-K).
The House bill sets new deadlines for processing asylum applications from Afghans who fled the Taliban in July and requires U.S. officials to interview refugees within 45 days of submitting their asylum application and a final within 150 days To make a decision.
The US Department of Homeland Security is also instructed to submit quarterly reports to Congress on the number and status of Afghan evacuees both in the US and at US military bases overseas, as required by law.