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House Adopts Walberg Amendment to Ban Taxpayer Dollars for Taliban

June 19, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C.—The U.S. House of Representatives approved an amendment offered by Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) on Tuesday that explicitly bans American taxpayer dollars from being paid to the Taliban. Walberg's amendment is in response to reports that the Defense Department asked Congress for funding to reimburse the Taliban's travel expenses.

A transcript of Walberg's remarks on the House floor can be found below.

I rise today to support my amendment which would prohibit taxpayer money from going directly to the Taliban.

According to recent news stories, the Defense Department asked Congress for funding that could be used to reimburse the Taliban for transportation and other expenses.

That's, quite simply, absurd.

For many years, I have worked in a bipartisan way to shine a light on how American tax dollars are being misspent in Afghanistan.

There have been a number of oversight reports conducted by the Special Inspector General of Afghanistan Reconstruction that highlight how these programs have been mismanaged and poorly run for years.

The SIGAR has identified a disturbing amount of waste, fraud, and abuse totaling in the billions of dollars.

This level of wasteful spending is staggering, yet we continued pouring money down the drain anyways.

But sending taxpayer dollars straight to the Taliban, despite the price paid by men and women in uniform, is the ultimate insult.

We owe it to the taxpayers to not waste any more of their money.

With that, I yield back.