McClain, who represents Michigan’s 10th Congressional District, said in a statement, “These heroic men and women are gone far too soon, and we must honor them for their bravery in helping U.S. citizens and Afghan allies safely evacuate Afghanistan. My heart aches for the families and loved ones of our service members. We will always remember their service and pay tribute to their sacrifice.”
A portion of the text of the bill reads:
The American service members went above and beyond the call of duty to protect citizens of the 16 United States and our allies to ensure they are brought to safety in an extremely dangerous situation as the Taliban regained control over Afghanistan.
The American service members exemplified extreme bravery and valor against armed enemy combatants.
The American service members dedicated their lives and their heroism deserves great honor.
That may be the truest statement to come out of Congress in a long time.
Today, I introduced bipartisan legislation, alongside 158 cosponsors, to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the 13 servicemembers killed in #Afghanistan last week. These valiant men and women will never be forgotten. https://t.co/voOU2yZuko
Democrat members who have signed on include Reps. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Benny Thompson (D-MS), and Andre Carson (D-IN).
Reps. Peter Meijer (R-MI) and Seth Moulton (D-MA), who made a secret trip to Afghanistan amid the chaos of the U.S. withdrawal and prior to the terrorist attack on the airport, also are included as co-sponsors of the bill.
Some of the more famous recipients have included President George Washington, John Paul Jones, Andrew Jackson, for his service as a Major General during the War of 1812, Charles Lindbergh, Thomas Edison, Howard Hughes, Generals George Marshall and John Pershing, Winston Churchill, John Wayne, Rosa Parks, and the Navajo Code Talkers.
Critics are blasting President Joe Biden for apparently looking at his watch Sunday during a solemn ceremony for the 13 U.S. soldiers killed during a suicide bomber attack in Afghanistan last week. https://t.co/DWkLs9PnQi
During an interview with Fox News Host Sean Hannity, Mark Schmitz, father of Marine Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz, and Darin Hoover, father of Marine Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover, both saw Biden check his watch during the dignified transfer ceremony of their sons.
Mark Schmitz said of meeting Biden that it “didn’t go well.” Schmitz said Biden talked more about his own son, and, “that didn’t sit well with me.”
The Hoover family declined to meet with Biden. Darin Hoover said, “We said, ‘Absolutely not.’ We didn’t want to deal with him. We didn’t want — we didn’t want him anywhere near us. We as a family decided that was the way it was going to be.”
Of Biden and his watch-checking, both fathers called it, “the most disrespectful thing I have ever seen.”
Joe Biden mentions the “dignified transfer” of the 13 US service members who died due to his incompetence.
He didn’t check his watch multiple times during this portion of the speech, at least.
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