(Headline USA) House Republicans are reportedly drafting a resolution to condemn President Joe Biden for his handling of the Chinese spy balloon.
The resolution could hit the House floor as early as Tuesday, the same day that Biden is set to deliver his second State of the Union address. According to NBC, at least two centrist Republicans have voiced their opposition to the resolution, since it lacks binding authority and is little more than a public statement of legislative disapproval.
However, critics have ripped Biden for not immediately moving to shoot down the Chinese spy balloon when it was discovered hovering over a Montana nuclear facility. The military waited several days until the balloon had crossed the country and was over the Atlantic Ocean before shooting it down and collecting the debris.
Regardless of whether the resolution passes, several Republicans have already declared their intention to investigate the Biden administration’s handling of the situation.
“I will be demanding answers and will hold the admin accountable for this embarrassing display of weakness,” Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement on Saturday.
Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green, R-Tenn., similarly said his committee would be demanding some answers.
“The Committee on Homeland Security of the U.S. Congress — a co-equal branch of government — should not be finding out about a CCP spy balloon over Montana in the news,” he said. “The Biden administration owes us, and the American people, answers — now! Our adversaries around the world see a weak president in Joe Biden and are testing their boundaries. Time and time again, the President has failed in countering, curbing, and competing with Beijing.”
Democrats have thus far refrained from criticizing Biden over the incident.
“I commend President Biden’s leadership in taking down the Chinese balloon over water to ensure safety for all Americans,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement.