White House Urging Congress to Pass Emergency Funding for Afghan Refugees
The Office of Management and Budget is urging Congress to provide $6.4 billion for the relocation of Afghan refugees.
According to The Washington Post, the “urgent” spending request also included a call for Congress to approve a short-term extension in government funding to prevent a partial government shutdown on October 1.
Government funding is set to expire at the end of September, meaning lawmakers need to authorize temporary funding through a “continuing resolution.”
“We are also calling on Congress to include additional funding in a CR to help address two other urgent needs: responding to recent and ongoing natural disasters, and meeting our commitments to our Afghan allies and partners,” Shalanda Young, the acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, wrote in a letter.
Thousands of Afghan nationals fled Afghanistan after the Taliban regained control of the country following the withdrawal of U.S. troops. The request for funding to support them shows the huge effort taken by the Biden administration to evacuate the country quickly.
$2.4 million of the request would go to the Defense Department and military personnel to help with the relocation efforts. Another $1.3 billion will go to the State Department to help oversee the resettlement operations for Afghans, while $193 million will help U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services process the new arrivals and give them legal residency in the United States.
“The operation to move out of danger and to safety tens of thousands of Afghans at risk, including many who helped us during our two decades in Afghanistan, represents an extraordinary military, diplomatic, security, and humanitarian operation by the U.S. government,” Young wrote. “We urge Congress to appropriate $6.4 billion to enable the success of this multifaceted, historic mission.”
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