Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-Florida) provided startling logic on Thursday when she argued that the US should not provide humanitarian aid to women and children in Afghanistan because it is not mentioned in the constitution.
Luna provided the intriguing argument during the House debate on an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would cut funding for Afghan aid.
Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), who introduced the amendment, argued that the funding could be used to support the brutal Taliban regime.
MP Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-California) expressed “strong opposition” to the measure, noting that it “ties the government’s hands on how best to assist the Afghan people living under Taliban rule”.
“It prohibits the use of funds authorized by this bill to, even marginally, support our support for the millions of Afghan women and girls suffering under Taliban rule,” she said, “or for the Afghans living in poverty.” need humanitarian assistance.”
After stiff resistance from Kamlager-Dove, Luna offered her two cents.
“I couldn’t help but pull my constitution out of my pocket and I couldn’t find anywhere on here that says we need to fund humanitarian aid programs for women and children in Afghanistan,” Luna said. “I just wanted to point that out and give my time.”
Kamlager-Dove only had a brief answer: “The text is not in the Constitution. It’s in the bill.”
Social media users pointed out a number of other things not in the Constitution: