East Greenbush, NY- Today, House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik released the following statement to mark the second anniversary of Joe Biden’s catastrophic Afghanistan withdrawal. 

“Today marks two years since Joe Biden’s catastrophic and deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan. As a nation, we must especially honor the 13 Servicemembers who lost their lives in Afghanistan and their Gold Star families - an unacceptable tragedy that should have absolutely never happened. 

As the Representative for Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division that deployed to Afghanistan over 30 times during the 20 years of U.S. military presence, I promise to ensure accountability and oversight into Joe Biden’s reckless decisions that led to this failure.

In Congress, I demanded the Biden Administration declassify documents to ensure the American people know the truth, and I questioned U.S. military leaders who made it clear that Joe Biden ignored their advice. The catastrophic withdrawal and disastrous evacuation of Afghanistan emboldened our adversaries, and the Biden Administration must answer to the Gold Star families and the American people for this deadly failure.”