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Blumenthal, with two Republicans, sponsors a bill for action on Afghanistan

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.
J. Scott Applewhite
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AP

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.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.