The Senate on Tuesday quickly approved a bill that would provide temporary assistance to American citizens who have returned from Afghanistan.
The bill would set aside up to $10 million for the next two years to provide temporary payments to affected people.
The bill has already been approved by the House, so it now heads to President Biden’s desk for his signature.
Vice President Kamala Harris came to the Senate to preside over the bill’s passage on Tuesday. The legislation was approved by unanimous consent during the Senate’s August recess. The Senate came into session for a quick pro-forma session where no other business was conducted.
Harris did not answer questions on her way in or way out of the US Capitol on Tuesday when CNN asked about the Americans left behind in Afghanistan.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday that State Department believes there is “a small number of Americans, under 200 and likely closer to 100, who remain in Afghanistan and want to leave.”
Blinken said the State Department would help Americans leave no matter when they decide that they wish to depart. CENTCOM Commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said earlier Monday that no American citizens were evacuated on the last five flights out of Afghanistan.