There’s been a lot of news and reaction over the last 24 hours about the new Benghazi Committee. The biggest news is that Lynn Westmoreland (GA-3) was named to be a member of the Committee. From the Press Release:
“I am honored to serve on the Select Committee alongside Chairman Trey Gowdy,” stated Westmoreland. “For over twenty months, various committees have been working hard conducting hearings, interviewing witnesses, and gathering evidence. I have been fortunate enough to contribute to the investigation thus far through my role on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and through an informal Benghazi Working Group. I applaud the House’s passage of the Select Committee so that we may unite the findings through a more formal process.
“All Americans, especially the families of the four we lost that night, deserve to know the truth, and who was behind covering up the events leading up to and after the attacks. I will work tirelessly with the other Select Committee members to present fair and honest conclusions, and to ensure that what happened on the night of September 11, 2012, doesn’t happen again.”
Everyone else’s response to the creation of the Committee below the fold.
COLLINS VOTES FOR SELECT COMMITTEE ON BENGHAZI
Northeast Georgia’s Congressman: “This administration continues to require incredibly extensive oversight.”
WASHINGTON, [May 8] – Congressman Doug Collins (GA-09) voted this evening for H. Res. 567, the measure formally creating a Select Committee to investigate the events of September 11, 2012 in Benghazi.
Congressman Collins, a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has been a part of the continuing investigation into Benghazi since he took office at the start of the 113th Congress, three months after the attack. Congressman Collins said:
“We have to know what happened in Benghazi. We have to know how and why four American lives were lost, how and why our sovereign soil in Libya was violated, and how and why President Obama’s administration has obstructed the effort to find these answers. Empowering a special select committee with all of the enforcement powers to get these answers now is the right step at the right time.”
Collins concluded, “This administration continues to require incredibly extensive oversight. As those of us on the Oversight Committee are meeting this need on every front, from Benghazi to the IRS to the shocking abuses at other federal agencies, the establishment of this Select Committee shows the American people that their Congress is doing everything in its power to keep their government accountable.”
The House vote on H. Res. 567, Providing for the Establishment of the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi, was 232-186.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06), responded to the vote by the House of Representatives to establish a select committee to investigate the terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, saying:
“Nearly two years since four Americans were murdered, including the first US Ambassador killed in the line of duty since 1979, far too many unanswered questions about the terrorist attacks in Benghazi remain. Serious work has been done in the House of Representatives to seek the truth, so we can bring to justice those who killed these brave Americans, hold our own government to account and prevent future acts of terrorism. The next important step in those efforts is the Select Committee the House has just authorized.
“Recent revelations about the Obama Administration’s stonewalling and misleading response to this attack – information previously withheld from Congress and unavailable to the public – make the establishment of a select committee all the more necessary. With Rep. Trey Gowdy – someone with an unwavering commitment to conducting a fair and thorough investigation – leading this committee, I am confident our search for answers will continue to reflect our serious commitment to strengthening transparency, accountability, and our national security.”
Congressman Tom Price, M.D., is the vice chairman of the House Committee on the Budget. He is also a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, as well as the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. An orthopaedic surgeon, he spent more than 20 years caring for patients in the metro Atlanta area.
Rep. Graves Votes To Establish Benghazi Select Committee
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) and the U.S. House approved a resolution to establish a select committee to investigate the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Senate action and the president’s signature are not required, and the committee will soon be formed under the announced chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy, a former prosecutor from South Carolina.
“The Obama Administration’s response to the tragic loss of four Americans, including the first U.S. ambassador to be killed in office since 1979, has left Americans in search of the truth and justice,” said Rep. Graves. “Instead of the sober and clear eyed leadership we expect in response to a coordinated terrorist attack on the United States, the Administration repeatedly used a false storyline about a spontaneous riot. Ever since, it has taken hearings and dogged inquires—even a Freedom of Information Act request—to pry information from the White House. After nearly 20 months, it’s long past time for the answers and accountability that this bipartisan select committee will provide.”
Rep. Graves was a cosponsor of the original resolution to establish a select committee on Benghazi.