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Sen. Toomey Co-Sponsors Bill To Investigate Middle East Diplomatic Attacks

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Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) co-sponsored a bill today that would require an investigation and report on the attacks of Sept. 11 and 13, 2012, on U.S. diplomatic posts in Egypt, Libya and Yemen.

The bill, S. 3551, is sponsored by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.).

"I strongly condemn these violent attacks on our diplomatic posts, and I am outraged by the killing of Americans at our consulate in Libya," Sen. Toomey said. "It is clear that Congress must reevaluate the security of our overseas diplomats and their facilities and investigate whether these attacks could have been prevented. This is essential for the security of the men and women currently serving in our diplomatic posts around the world, and I urge my colleagues to support this bill."

The bill would require the president to submit a report to Congress detailing the events of the Sept. 11 attacks in Cairo, Egypt, and Benghazi, Libya, and the Sept. 13 attack in Sana'a, Yemen, including information on whether the U.S. government had actionable intelligence before the attacks, and an assessment of security measures at U.S. diplomatic missions globally. The report would also include recommended changes to security procedures at U.S. embassies and consulates.

The bill is also co-sponsored by Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and James Risch (R-Idaho).

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