They are mostly powerless to do anything with Nancy Pelosi running the House and Chuck Schumer in charge of the Senate. But they will at least force the Democrats to say “no” and harm the politically.
According to the Washington Examiner:
First on Republicans’ list of accountability actions is attempting to reintroduce an updated bill from Wisconsin Rep. Mike Gallagher and supported by McCarthy during a pro forma session of Congress on Tuesday that he hopes will get widespread bipartisan support. However, it faces a steep challenge in being heard on the floor, which is controlled by Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The bill, Gallagher said, requires the administration to outline an evacuation plan for remaining Americans; report the number of Americans behind enemy lines in Afghanistan; direct inspector general reports on agreements with the Taliban and the status of and equipment or classified material left behind; prohibit direct or indirect funding of the Taliban; and it states Congress believes there should be no formal recognition of the Taliban.
Another opportunity for Republicans to take action is a Wednesday committee markup session for the annual spending bill that funds the U.S. Military, the National Defense Authorization Act. Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers, ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee, said Republicans have filed more than 50 amendments.
Proposed amendments include requiring an accounting of what equipment was left behind, an explanation for why Bagram Air Force Base was specifically abandoned, and regular congressional briefings on the groups that will form because of the withdrawal.
More investigations are likely to come. Rogers, Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes of California, and House Foreign Affairs Committee ranking member Michael McCaul of Texas sent a letter to Biden last week telling his administration to preserve records.