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House Passes Boyle Amendment Addressing Russian Support for the Taliban

May 24, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13)’s amendment to the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) requiring the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense to jointly submit a report on Russia’s support for the Taliban and other destabilizing activities in Afghanistan.  The report would be sent to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.  Boyle is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“Time and again Russia has proven to the world that it is more interested in skirting international norms and rules of diplomacy to fuel instability and destabilize governments,” said Congressman Boyle.  “For many decades, malignant activity with Russian fingerprints has slithered its way into Afghanistan and aided the Taliban, to the detriment of American forces and efforts to achieve peace and stability there.  The reports that my amendment would require will serve as a strategic tool to address this subversive activity before it becomes a diplomatic crisis, or worse.  Our military and overseas diplomats must be given the information and tools to operate and succeed in their assignments proactively in order to stave off military conflict from a reactionary posture.”
Congressman Boyle also serves as a Member of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade and the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa.  The NDAA now awaits consideration and passage in the Senate.