Rep. Steube Demands Biden Stop Obstructing Afghanistan Oversight
WASHINGTON— Today, U.S. Representative Greg Steube (R-Fla.) released the following statement in response to the Biden Administration’s unprecedented refusal to work with the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR):
“Biden left Americans behind. Biden left our military’s equipment for the Taliban. Biden made decisions that killed 13 U.S. service members and countless Afghan civilians. Now his administration is obstructing Congressionally mandated oversight. President Biden must immediately cooperate with SIGAR’s oversight and end his administration’s cover up attempt. We will not allow the Biden Administration to escape accountability for the disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal,” said Congressman Greg Steube.
SIGAR is statutorily mandated to continue its work through 2023, so prematurely cutting off access to information is contrary to explicit congressional directives.
Congress created the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) to provide independent and objective oversight of Afghanistan reconstruction projects and activities. Under the authority of Section 1229 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (P.L. 110-181), SIGAR conducts audits and investigations to: 1) promote efficiency and effectiveness of reconstruction programs and 2) detect and prevent waste, fraud, and abuse.