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House Foreign Affairs Chair Threatens to Block Afghanistan Funding Until Taliban Cut Off

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX). freebeacon.com
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX). freebeacon.com

House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Michael McCaul (R., Texas) said House Republicans are prepared to "put a hold on" U.S. tax dollars that are flowing to the Taliban.

"I'm prepared in my position to put a hold on this funding until we get assurances it's not going right into the hands of the Taliban," McCaul said Sunday on Fox News in response to a Washington Free Beacon report that the Biden administration has sent more than $2.35 billion to Afghanistan since the Taliban took over the country in 2021.

The payments persist despite warnings from lawmakers and officials that the funds could enter the hands of the terrorist regime.

McCaul on Sunday said, "We need some assurance that this is gonna go to the right hands," and if the Taliban can't provide assurance, "We need to be prepared to cut that funding off."

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley has called for similar action, saying that as president she would cut all aid to Afghanistan.

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