Democrats in the House, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA), made the sick decision Tuesday to block House Republicans from reading aloud the names of 13 U.S. service members killed in a terrorist attack at the airport in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul, several GOP members of the lower chamber said, according to The Daily Wire.
The move was proposed by a group of largely military veterans who wanted to honor the selfless sacrifice of the more than a dozen fallen troops. But the Democratic member standing in for Pelosi refused to recognize them and honor their request.
“Our military deserves better”
It was a move that faced heavy pushback from Republicans.
“House Democrats just refused to recognize Republican veterans on the House Floor to read the names of our fallen service members in Afghanistan. That’s how far our nation has fallen,” Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL), a combat veteran, tweeted Tuesday morning, according to The Daily Wire.
Rep. Carlos Giminez (R-FL) echoed his colleague’s sentiment, writing in a tweet of his own: “How badly do Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats want to cover up this Afghanistan debacle? They just blocked Members of Congress from reading the names of the service members who sacrificed their lives in Afghanistan last week. Don’t you think our military deserves better?”
“They did not acknowledge us”
According to The Floridian, Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL), another combat veteran who was wounded in Afghanistan, was also incensed at the development.
“We gaveled in, had a prayer, said the Pledge of Allegiance, took a moment of silence with pretty much all Republican veterans, then asked to be recognized to read names and bring up Afghanistan legislation,” Mast told the local media outlet.
“They did not acknowledge us, and just closed the House down,” he added of Democrats.
The next day, Rep. Steube again took to Twitter to call House Dems’ move “shameful.”
The 13 troops killed in Kabul included 11 Marines, one Navy sailor, and one Army soldier, CNBC reports. All were under the age of 12 when the war in Afghanistan started some two decades ago.
“In my time in Congress, I haven’t seen anything as shameful as House Democrats blocking the efforts of 40+ GOP veterans to read the names of our fallen soldiers on the House Floor,” Steube tweeted. “That is not the country we served in uniform.”
In my time in Congress, I haven’t seen anything as shameful as House Democrats blocking the efforts of 40+ GOP veterans to read the names of our fallen soldiers on the House Floor.
That is not the country we served in uniform.
— Congressman Greg Steube (@RepGregSteube) September 1, 2021