FIRST ON FOX: A pair of bipartisan senators leads a bill in the Senate to reward the 13 soldiers killed in the Kabul suicide bombing with the highest honor of Congress.
On Wednesday, Senators Steve Daines, R-Mont., And Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Introduced the bipartisan bill to give the 13 fallen servicemen killed in the deadly troop withdrawal from Afghanistan the gold medal of the Congress.
“Thirteen brave men and women have taken the last comprehensive step to protect Americans and our Afghan allies at a critical time in our country’s history – they are American heroes,” Daines said in a press release obtained for the first time by Fox News.
THE GOP CONGRESS WOMAN, SPEAKER BIPARTISAN, TO AWARD THE GOLD MEDAL OF THE CONGRESS TO 13 FALLING TROOPS
“As the United States concludes 20 years of fighting in Afghanistan, I think it’s appropriate that Congress commemorates their sacrifice at this time with the Congressional Gold Medal,” he continued. “On behalf of a grateful nation, thank you to these heroes and their families, and to all who wear the uniform and protect our freedom.”
Warren echoed his Republican colleague, saying service members, including its fallen constituent, the Marine Corps. Sergeant Johanny Rosario Pichardo earned this honor for his “incredible courage” throughout his career and his “heroic service”.
“We should honor these 13 servicemen, including United States Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo of Lawrence, Mass., Who were killed last month in Afghanistan while serving our country and working to protect the lives of others, “Warren said in the statement.
“These people have shown incredible courage throughout their careers, and we owe it to them to pass legislation to recognize their heroic service with the Congressional Gold Medal,” she added.
Daines and Warren are leading the bipartisan bill along with 30 of their colleagues, including Republican Senators Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and Mike Barrasso of Wyoming, and Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Dianne Feinstein of California, among others.
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Representative Lisa McClain, R-Mich., Previously introduced the Senate-Made House Companion Bill last month.
McClain introduced his bill five days after the deadly Kabul attacks.
A suicide bombing by the terrorist group ISIS-K rocked Kabul airport, killing many as the United States rushed to meet the impending troop withdrawal date of August 31.
13 soldiers were killed in the explosion.
Houston Keene is a reporter for Fox News Digital. You can find him on Twitter at @HoustonKeene.