US senators introduce bill for troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan
This week, I am introducing legislation to end a war that should have ended long ago, the war in Afghanistan. The United States has been fighting the War on Terror since October of 2001 and it has cost 6 trillion dollars.
Text of the Senate Law Act:
2019 American Forces Going Home After Noble Service Act
(AFGHAN) Service Act
• Bi-Partisan co-sponsorship on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Senator Tom Udall (D-NM).
• The United States has been at war in Afghanistan since October of 2001
where it has cost $2 trillion. There have been over 2,300 military members
killed in Afghanistan and another 20,000 wounded in action.
• This legislation would declare victory in Afghanistan as Osama Bin Laden
was killed in 2011 and Al Qaeda has been all but eliminated. According to
the Department of Defense by 2009 there were less than 100 Al Qaeda left
in Afghanistan and a June 2018 Defense Department report stated that the
“..few remaining [AQ] core members are focused on their own survival.”
• Within one year a $2,500 bonus will be paid to all members of the military
who have served in the Global War on Terrorism. Since 2001 more than
3,002,635 men and women have deployed. This would be a one-time cost of
approximately $7bn and an immediate savings of over 83% when compared
to the current yearly costs. The $51bn a year can be re-directed to programs
such as American infrastructure, the wall, or even a victory parade to
recognize those who have fought.
• Additionally, there is precedent for service bonuses going back to the
• The bill sets guidelines for withdrawal: Within 45 days a plan will be
formulated for an orderly withdrawal and turnover of facilities to the Afghan
Government, while also setting a framework for political reconcillation to be
implemented by Afghans in accordance with the Afghan Constitution.
Within a year all US forces will be withdrawn from Afghanistan.
• At the completion of withdrawal, the 2001 AUMF will be repealed.
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