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Did House Democrats 'Block' GOP from Reading Names of US Troops Killed in Kabul?

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Republican Congress members and right-leaning websites failed to mention a significant piece of context about the Aug. 31 meeting of the House of Representatives.
House Democrats, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, "blocked" Republican efforts to read the names of 13 U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 26, 2021.

No evidence has been presented to show that either Speaker Pelosi, or Speaker pro tempore Dingell were aware in advance that Republican House members intended to read out the names of the 13 U.S. service members.

The session on Aug. 31 was a "pro forma" session, which — under long-standing convention and by agreement of all parties — is not supposed to include any substantive legislative business such as motions, speeches, debates or votes. Furthermore, Pelosi was not even present in the House chamber during the session.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., oversaw a House session on Aug. 31, 2021. Republican House members have claimed that, at the end of that session, they attempted to read aloud the names of 13 U.S. troops killed in a terrorist attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. But...

In August and September 2021, several right-leaning websites and Republican Congress members made outraged claims that House Democrats, and in particular House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, had "blocked" their attempts to read the names of the 13 U.S. troops killed in an Islamic State group attack at Kabul airport in Afghanistan.

For example, on Aug. 31, U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Florida, wrote on Twitter:

"House Democrats just refused to recognize Republican veterans on the House Floor to read the names of our fallen service members in Afghanistan. That's how far our nation has fallen."

While U.S. Rep. Carlos Gimenez, R-Florida, framed the incident as part of an alleged "cover up," by Democrats, of the Kabul attack:

"How badly do Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats want to cover up this Afghanistan debacle? They just blocked Members of Congress from reading the names of the service members who sacrificed their lives in Afghanistan last week."

A third Republican Congressman from the state, Brian Mast, made similar claims in an…
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