GOP Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida has introduced the Big Biden Blunder Act, a bill aimed at demanding accountability from the Biden administration for the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan in August 2021. This act seeks answers and accountability, stressing that Biden’s promise to “Build Back Better” has resulted in a significant blunder.
According to a discussion draft of the bill, the Big Biden Blunder Act directs the Comptroller General of the United States to deliver a report on the economic effects of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. One of the main concerns Donalds wants to highlight is the impact of abandoning billions of dollars worth of military equipment on the U.S. economy. Estimates vary, but the abandonment of such equipment has undoubtedly affected the economy.
The second part of the bill requests a statement from the President on the relationship between the abandoned equipment in Afghanistan and inflation. Furthermore, the way the world perceives America and the U.S. military has also been impacted by the withdrawal. Donalds told Fox News in a statement, “The Biden administration’s disastrous, hasty, and poorly executed withdrawal from Afghanistan has left a permanent stain on our nation’s military prestige.”
As the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability begins its hearing on the botched withdrawal, Republican James Comer, the chair of the committee, emphasized the need to hold the Biden administration accountable for the self-inflicted humanitarian and national security catastrophe. He stated, “This Administration not only continues to provide excuses for the self-inflicted humanitarian and national security catastrophe but senior officials are actively obstructing meaningful congressional oversight.”
Politicians like Comer, Donalds, and the numerous co-sponsors of the Big Biden Blunder Act are working to ensure that the Biden administration is held accountable for the withdrawal. On the one-year anniversary of the botched withdrawal, Donalds remarked that this event would be remembered as one of the most damaging and amateurish military and foreign policy endeavors in U.S. history.
As of now, the Biden administration has not taken responsibility for or admitted mistakes in the troop withdrawal. This legislation, along with the hearing, aims to change that and demand accountability for the administration’s actions in Afghanistan.