Today U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) spoke on the Senate floor to demand accountability for President Joe Biden’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, which left 13 U.S. service members dead. In September 2021, Senator Hawley announced he will force the Senate to vote on nominees for leadership positions at the Department of Defense and the Department of State until Secretary Austin, Secretary Blinken, and Jake Sullivan resign.
Senator Hawley went on to criticize Senate Democrats who are concerned about the pace of confirmations for their failure to schedule votes on nominees.
Senator Hawley said, “Well, Mr. President, I for one am not willing to stand by and participate in that kind of theater again. I am not going to go back to the families of the fallen in my state and say that I didn’t do anything while people in this body looked the other way. It’s time that there was accountability. And so is this a protest that I am lodging by asking the Senate to actually vote on these nominees? You bet it is. You bet it is. Because we don’t need more leadership of the same kind in the State Department. We don’t need more leadership of the same kind in the Department of Defense. We need a different kind of leadership. We need a different direction for this country. And until there is accountability, I’m going to ask that the Senate do the simple task of its job, which is to actually vote on these nominees.”