A bill awarding Congressional gold medals to the 13 service members who died in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan is aimed at President BidenJoe Biden Idaho House of Representatives Passes Workers’ Compensation Bill Biden Submits 2016 Climate Treaty to Senate for Ratification Rubio Pledges to Delay Biden’s China and Spain Ambassador Candidates MOREdesk after the Senate passed the legislation Wednesday night.
Introduced by a bipartisan group of more than 30 senators in September, the bill calls for posthumous honoring of the 13 service members who died in a suicide bombing in front of a gate at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul in August, which occurred when The US completing its troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The Islamic State subsequently claimed responsibility for the attack.
The Senate passed the bill by unanimous consent Wednesday night after the House unanimously passed a supplemental bill last month. Now he’s heading to Biden’s desk for his signature.
Eleven marines, a Navy hospital, and an Army sergeant were killed in the attack: Staff Sergeant. Darin Hoover, 31 years old; Cpl. Hunter López, 22; Cpl. Daegan Page, 23; Cpl. Humberto Sánchez, 22; Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz, 20; Lance Cpl. David Espinoza, 20; Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, 20; Lance Cpl. Dylan Merola, 20; Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, 20; Sergeant. Nicole Gee, 23; Sergeant. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, 25; Maxton Soviak, 22-year-old Army hospital man; and the Sergeant of the Army General Staff. Ryan Knauss, 23 years old.
Sense. Elizabeth warrenElizabeth Warren Equilibrium / Sustainability – Presented by Southern Company – COVID-19 kills snow leopards at US zoo. Inflation raises focus on Fed election of Biden Sanders backs Kaiser Permanente workers ahead of Monday’s strike MORE (D-Mass.) AND Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David Daines Memo: Highly Criticized Trump Policy Puts Biden in a Vise The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Tester’s Blackfoot-Clearwater Administration Act Senators seek to permanently expand telehealth eligibility PLUS (R-Mont.) Led the effort to pass the bill.
“Today, the United States Senate took action to recognize the courage, sacrifice and service of the 13 brave young men and women who were killed in Afghanistan. During a pivotal moment for our nation, they gave the last comprehensive measure for our freedoms, ”Daines said in a statement.
“I hope the President honors these American heroes and quickly signs this bill,” he added.
Senate Majority Leader Charles schumerChuck Schumer Bottom line, Christie: Trump’s rhetoric on the stolen elections led to the January 6 attack Senate Republicans ask colleagues to reject public spending bills without border wall funding MORE (DN.Y.) praised the passage of the Senate bill, calling fallen service members “American heroes.”
“Our nation will always be indebted to these brave men and women and their families for their sacrifice that enabled the safe evacuation of more than 100,000 Americans and Afghan allies. They risked their lives for our country and their heroic efforts will not be forgotten, ”he added.
All 13 servicemen died in one of the last days of the US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, which ended America’s longest war after nearly two decades of involvement.
Biden mourned the loss of fallen service members at Dover Air Force Base after the suicide bombing, where he observed the dignified transfer of fallen troops.