Military and Defense
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This week, U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., brought out the “Taliban Rare Earth Minerals Sanctions Act,” a bill which would “impose sanctions on persons engaging in transactions in Afghanistan‘s rare earth minerals.”
Steube introduced the bill on Tuesday and explained why he thought it was needed.
Earlier this month, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who sits on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a proposal “which would direct the U.S. Secretary of State to designate the illegitimate Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan as a state sponsor of terrorism and the Taliban as a terrorist organization” and now he has a sponsor on the other side of Capitol Hill from Florida.
Sunday, Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) blamed President Joe Biden for the situation in Afghanistan where 13 U.S. service members were killed, many more injured and others stranded in a country now under Taliban rule.
Steube told FNC’s “Fox News Live” that the ongoing crisis is “all in the lap” of Biden, adding it is a “sad day in America” that citizens and Afghan allies are having to rely on methods other than the government to get out of Afghanistan.
Republican representatives are blasting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) after they say she blocked them from reading the names of the 13 U.S. service members who were killed in Afghanistan on the House floor.
“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,” posted Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-FL) on Tuesday. “Don’t you think our military deserves better?”
Nearly 160 House members signed on to a bill Tuesday that would posthumously award congressional gold medals to the 13 U.S. servicemembers killed in Afghanistan Thursday.
Sarasota Congressman Greg Steube was in a break room at the University of Florida’s law school on Sept. 11, 2001, when the first hijacked airplane hit the World Trade Center.
The law students watched the horror unfold on television.
Steube had never considered joining the military before that day, but said he felt called to serve after the terrorist attack.
“I just viewed it as my responsibility to serve our country,” he said. “After your country has been attacked, it’s our generation’s Pearl Harbor day. We were attacked on our own soil.”