Blumenthal, with two Republicans, sponsors a bill for action on Afghanistan
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut is pushing a bill that would help Afghan allies and Americans still trapped in Afghanistan.
Blumenthal said hundreds of U.S. citizens and thousands of allies continue to seek a way out, months after the U.S. military left and the Taliban retook the country.
“We have a moral imperative to enable them to evacuate a country where they are at serious risk of torture and murder because they sided with us,” he said. “They protected our troops and diplomats; they put their lives on the line for us.”
Blumenthal said his bill would require the state department to take certain steps — including fast tracking documents like visas to help people leave the country.
Blumenthal’s co-sponsors are both Republicans, Senators Lindsay Graham of South Carolina and Jodi Ernst of Iowa.