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“They were uprooted. They lived in Afghanistan. So [it’s] take care of their short-term needs – it can be housing, subsistence, food, transportation, that sort of thing, short-term, ”said Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), who led the unanimous adoption of the Senate prosecution bill, told reporters.

It is extremely rare for the Vice President to preside over a pro forma session of the Senate. Cardin said he was due to chair Tuesday’s pro forma Senate session, a bi-weekly procedural event that prevents presidents from making vacation appointments. But another senator was to be present to demand unanimous passage of the repatriation bill, and, according to Cardin, “we couldn’t find another senator, so [Harris] voluntary. “

“They needed two senators on the floor, and I’m not sure there is another senator nearby, so she said she would take care of that,” Cardin added.

Harris did not respond to questions from reporters as she left the Capitol on Tuesday. Biden and his national security team have come under fierce criticism from Republicans and Democrats who say they mismanaged the US troop withdrawal and did not adequately prepare for a quick Taliban takeover of the country .

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