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Washington – Wyoming Congresswoman and House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) released the following statement after introducing the Afghanistan Partnership and Transparency Act, bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO) intended to ensure that the American people and Congress are fully informed about the effects of the U.S. drawdown from Afghanistan, including its effects on national security:

“The al Qaeda-allied Taliban continues to wage deadly attacks across Afghanistan, al Qaeda leaders continue to find safe haven there from which to plot attacks, and the Islamic State continues to conduct active operations there. America’s troop presence in Afghanistan is critical to ensuring the safety of the American people at home—but the U.S.-Taliban deal allows for premature troop withdrawal that is not conditions-based. This legislation will help ensure that Congress and the American people are fully informed about America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and the impact it is having and will have on our security.”

Rep. Crow (D-CO) issued the following statement after the legislation was introduced:

“I served in Afghanistan and I know firsthand what makes the U.S. military the strongest in the world, but I also know the limitations of military power. If there was a military solution to the war in Afghanistan, we would’ve found it long ago. The war in Afghanistan must end, but we must do so in a way that ensures lasting peace. The world is watching to see whether America keeps its promises. This bill is transformative in its ability to ensure that we keep our promise – to the women and children of Afghanistan, to our partners and allies in peacekeeping, and to a safer, and more secure world order.”

In addition, Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL) and Rep. Susan Davis are serving as original co-sponsors of this legislation: 

“As a Green Beret and veteran of the War on Terror, my duty was to protect America from terrorist threats and the Taliban that gave them safe harbor to operate within Afghanistan – and I know they are still intent on harming Americans and destabilizing the region,” said Rep. Waltz. “Extremism still lingers in Afghanistan, where many terrorists remain, plotting their next deadly move. Withdrawing American troops prematurely could open the door for a re-escalation of violence and could be a step backwards for the hard-fought gains made for women, religious minorities and regional stability. This is why Congress and the American people must be fully aware of the impacts of troop withdrawal on our national security.”

“A successful withdrawal from Afghanistan can be achieved if there are clear criteria for conditions on the ground to determine that success,” said Rep. Davis. Congress and the American people must know that those conditions have been met and Afghanistan will be able to meet its security needs in order to prosper into the future.”

Click here to see a summary of the legislation.

The full text of the bill can be read here.

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