Schakowsky Statement On Bombing At Kabul Airport

August 26, 2021
Press Release

EVANSTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued a statement following the news of a terrorist bombing at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan: 

“As a duly-elected Member of the United States House of Representatives, I condemn in the strongest possible terms the heinous terrorist attack outside Kabul airport.  I mourn the loss of every innocent life taken, and join every American in heartbreak over the deaths of the servicemembers and civilians killed.

“Our office has received over 100 calls and emails from people looking to help their families, loved ones and colleagues get out of Afghanistan. That includes American Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents in Afghanistan, as well as family members of Americans who want to help their families evacuate. We’ve also heard from military veterans and others who were helped by local Afghans who now need to be evacuated for their safety. Working with the State Dept., we have relayed the details of the individuals needing to get out and their contact information, so that the Pentagon and State Dept. officials can help facilitate their evacuation. We are also working with local groups here on the ground in the Chicago area to help refugees in need of basic necessities that may be brought here or in other parts of the world.

“With the tragic events of today, this situation becomes even more complex and urgent. My deepest condolences go out to the families of those lost today, and wishing a speedy recovery to those injured. Know this – the United States Congress is with you.”