(USA Features) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday refused to recognize Republicans for a moment of silence on the chamber floor and to allow them to read into the record the names of the 13 U.S. military members killed in a suicide attack in Kabul on Thursday.
“How badly do Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats want to cover up this Afghanistan debacle?” Rep. Carlos Giminez, R-Fla., tweeted.
“They just blocked Members of Congress from reading the names of the service members who sacrificed their lives in Afghanistan last week,” he wrote.
“Don’t you think our military deserves better?”
How badly do Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats want to cover up this Afghanistan debacle?
They just blocked Members of Congress from reading the names of the service members who sacrificed their lives in Afghanistan last week.
Don’t you think our military deserves better?
— Congressman Carlos A. Gimenez (@RepCarlos) August 31, 2021
The Floridian reported that Rep. Brian Mast, another Florida Republican and a combat vet who was wounded in Afghanistan, also railed at the California Democrat.
“We gaveled in, had a prayer, said the Pledge of Allegiance, took a moment of silence with pretty much all Republican veterans, then asked to be recognized to read names and bring up Afghanistan legislation,” he said.
Eleven Marines, two U.S. Army soldiers, and a Navy corpsman — a medic — were killed in the suicide bombing attack at Abbey Gate leading into the Hamid Karzai International Airport.
“They did not acknowledge us, and just closed the House down,” Mast continued.
Pelosi, as Speaker, controls the chamber.
Fellow Florida Republican Rep. Greg Steube was also angered by Pelosi’s decision.
“House Democrats just refused to recognize Republican veterans on the House Floor to read the names of our fallen service members in Afghanistan,” he tweeted.
“That’s how far our nation has fallen.”
Biden has received no small amount of criticism from lawmakers and Americans over the chaotic and deadly pull-out from Afghanistan, after having had months to plan it.
On Monday, Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, a wounded Navy SEAL veteran, said Biden was given a good plan by Pentagon brass for the withdrawal but he refused to follow it.
“I think if there’s blame to go around, it’s that, maybe the generals didn’t stand up enough to Joe Biden,” Crenshaw told Fox News Radio host Brian Kilmeade on Monday in discussing the hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“I know for a fact they gave him the right advice and he decided not to take it,” Crenshaw, a retired Navy SEAL officer with several combat tours who was wounded in Afghanistan and nearly lost all of his vision.
“It’s a reasonable criticism: ‘Well, why didn’t you resign in protest?’ That’s a reasonable criticism, and I’d like to hear an explanation to that, perhaps,” Crenshaw went on.