'Urgent pleas': Democrats press Biden administration to answer logistical questions for Afghans left behind

'Urgent pleas': Democrats press Biden administration to answer logistical questions for Afghans left behind


President Joe Biden’s team faces new congressional pressure to provide a detailed plan to assist Americans and U.S. partners stranded in Afghanistan after U.S. officials ended the evacuation operation at Kabul airport last week.

“What instructions can we provide to individuals who evacuated to a third country through a private charter flight, and need to undergo processing to come to the United States?” Rep. Ami Bera and House Administration Chair Zoe Lofgren, a pair of California Democrats, wrote in a letter also signed by House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler of New York.

That question is one of more than a dozen the senior Democrats, joined by 12 other lawmakers, want to be answered. They released the letter amid a controversy over whether U.S. officials are blocking charter flights out of Afghanistan, spurred in part by a flood of “urgent pleas” for information.

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“Our staff have been working around the clock responding to urgent pleas from constituents

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