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House Unanimously Approves Medal for Service Members Killed in Kabul Bombing

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The House of Representatives voted unanimously to approve a Congressional Gold Medal for the U.S. service members who lost their lives in the bombing at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan over the summer.

The House press gallery tweeted on Monday, “The House passed H.R. 5142 – To award posthumously a congressional gold medal to service members who perished on Aug 26, 2021 during evacuation of US citizens and Afghan allies on a voice vote.”

The legislation states, “The American servicemembers went above and beyond the call of duty to protect citizens of the United States and our allies to ensure they are brought to safety in an extremely dangerous situation as the Taliban regained control over Afghanistan.”

Rep. Lisa McClain (R-Mich.), sponsor of the bill, told ABC News, “Their sacrifice for our country and its allies will never be forgotten and I’m encouraged by the overwhelming bipartisan support for this legislation, which has 325 cosponsors. I urge the Senate to quickly pass this bill so we can properly honor these fallen servicemembers.”

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The bill identified the 13 service members who were killed, Maxton Soviak, Kareem Nikoui, David Espinoza, Rylee McCollum, Jared Schmitz, Hunter Lopez, Taylor Hoover, Daegan William-Tyeler Page, Nicole Gee, Humberto Sanchez, Dylan Merola, Johanny Rosario Pichardo, and Ryan Knauss.

Several lawmakers took to Twitter to celebrate the vote.

The bombing came as the United States worked to evacuate Americans as well as Afghan allies following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.

President Joe Biden said while delivering remarks from the White House, “We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay.”

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The attacks reportedly killed at least 60 Afghans.

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