Congressional roundup — post-Afghanistan legislation

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik has introduced legislation to establish a commission to study the involvement of the United States in Afghanistan.

Rep. John Katko, R-Camillus, has co-sponsored legislation to conduct an analysis of possible security threat of prisoners the Taliban released.

And Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-Clinton, co-sponsored legislation to prohibit U.S. aid to the Taliban.

  • Stefanik introduced HR 5174 — legislation to establish the National Commission on the United States Involvement in Afghanistan — on Sept. 3.

The legislation had one original co-sponsor — Rep. Robert Wittman, R-Va.

A summary and text of the legislation were not yet available on the Library of Congress government information website, as of Wednesday morning, and Stefanik had not yet publicly announced the legislation.

  • Katko was an original co-sponsor of HR 5146 — legislation Rep. August Pfluger, R-Texas, introduced Aug. 31 to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to analyze possible U.S. security risks as a result of the Taliban releasing prisoners from the Pal-e-Charkki Prison and Parwan Detention Facility in Afghanistan.

The legislation had no other co-sponsors, as of Sept. 8.

  • Katko also was an original cosponsor of HR 5186 — bipartisan legislation Rep. Andrew Garbarino, R-Long Island, introduced Nov.7 to establish a five-year term for the position of director of the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and to reaffirm that the position is a presidential appointment subject Senate conformation.

The agency is in charge of the nation’s cybersecurity and communications infrastructure.

The position of director does not have a defined term now.

The legislation was introduced Nov. 7 with six original cosponsors — three Republican and three Democrats.

  • Tenney was an original co-sponsor of HR 5164 — legislation Rep. Carlos A. Gimenez, R-Fla, introduced Sept. 3 to prohibit the United States from providing foreign aid or economic assistance to the Taliban.

The legislation had 10 co-sponsors — all Republican — as of Sept. 8.

  • Stefanik and Tenney co-sponsored HR 5142 — legislation Rep. Lisa McCain,R-MI, introduced Aug. 31 to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to 13 U.S. military members killed in the Aug. 26 attack on Kabul airport.

The legislation had 239 cosponsors — 182 Republicans and 57 Democrats — as of Sept. 8.

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