While the Mexican military remains in control of the Birmingham-based Vulcan Materials facility in Quintana Roo, Mexico, since seizing it on March 14, U.S. lawmakers continue pushing for the Biden Administration to respond.

On Thursday, during a State and Foreign Operations subcommittee hearing, U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) questioned U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken about his handling of the situation.

"I told Secretary Blinken how disappointed I am with this Administration's weak response to the Mexican military unlawfully seizing the private property of Vulcan Materials," Carl said in a statement.

Carl accused Blinken of pushing "radical" politics, such as sending $20,600 to fund drag shows in Ecuador, over protecting American interests.

"The State Department is more worried about advancing its radical political agenda than standing up for American interests and American businesses around the world," Carl said. "I made it clear to Secretary Blinken that I will continue doing all I can to hold the State Department accountable for not fulfilling its most basic duties."

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