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S. 2953: Ensuring a Durable Afghanistan Peace Act of 2019

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Launched in response to the September 11 attacks, the U.S. has been at war in Afghanistan since October 2001, causing 2,351 U.S. military deaths to date. Around 13,000 U.S. troops are still there.

It’s possible that the war may eventually end. During a visit to Afghanistan in November 2019, President Trump claimed to have reopened peace talks with the Taliban. U.S. envoy for reconciliation in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad said the peace talks reached an unspecified “important stage” in late December. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in late December that he wants a troop drawdown in the country.

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Robert “Bob” Menendez

Sponsor. Senior Senator for New Jersey. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Nov 21, 2019
Length: 18 pages
Nov 21, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Nov 21, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on November 21, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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Nov 21, 2019

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May 14, 2020
Considered by Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

May 21, 2020
Considered by Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

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S. 2953 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 2953. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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