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Rigell Co-Sponsors Legislation to Establish a Select Committee to Investigate and Report on the Terrorist Attack in Benghazi

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Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congressman Scott Rigell co-sponsored H.Res. 36, legislation which would establish a Select Committee in the House of Representatives to investigate and report on the September 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. This senseless attack resulted in the loss of several brave Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and two former Navy SEALs. The measure, introduced by Congressman Frank Wolf, (R-VA) currently has over 80 co-sponsors in the House.

"I join my colleagues, and our friends and neighbors across America in demanding answers from the Administration on its slow response to the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya." Rigell said. "It has been nearly seven months since this horrible tragedy occurred and we owe the American people, the victims and their families, and our men and women in uniform, a full investigation of this tragedy."

"The American flag, no matter where she flies in this world, will continue to be a symbol of democracy, liberty, and the promise of freedom. As a nation, we are fortunate to have men and women, military and civilian, who will put their lives at risk in defense of these ideals. We are forever grateful for their sacrifice."

Specifically, H.Res. 36 would:

Establish in the House of Representatives a select Committee to investigate and report to the House on:

Any intelligence known to the United States relating to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012;

Any requests for additional security, or actions taken by federal agencies to improve security at the consulate before the attack;

A definitive timeline of it;

How the relevant agencies and the executive branch responded to it and whether appropriate congressional notifications were made;

Any improper conduct by officials relating to the attack;

Recommendations on what steps Congress and the President should take to prevent future attacks; and

Any other relevant issues relating to the attack or the response to it.

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