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Saturday, July 24, 2021

US House passes Colorado congressman bill to extend visas to Afghans

The US House of Representatives on Thursday passed a Colorado congressional bill that increases the number of immigration visas available to Afghan citizens who helped American soldiers during the nearly 20-year war.

bill, known as associate act, passed by the House 407-16 . vote of And now goes to the US Senate for consideration.

U.S. Representative Jason Crowe, a Centennial Democrat and Afghanistan War veteran who sponsored the bill, said: “For 20 years, Afghan interpreters, guides and other partners have worked with American forces, helping us accomplish our mission. ” “I couldn’t be here today had it not been for the bravery and sacrifice of the Afghan men and women who worked with me during my service.”

Five of Colorado’s seven House members voted for the bill. Denver Democrat Rep. Diana DeGate did not vote, and Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Sylt did not vote.

A Degate spokeswoman said she would have voted yes if she were there. A Boebert spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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