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Sen. Cruz Praises New House Select Committee to Investigate Benghazi

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid should join Speaker Boehner and make this a joint select committee

WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding Speaker Boehner’s recent decision to form a select committee to investigate the attacks in Benghazi:

“Speaker Boehner's decision to form a select committee of Congress to investigate the terrorist attacks on our people and facilities in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 comes not a moment too soon,” Sen. Cruz said. “The Speaker is correct that recent revelations demonstrate that the Obama administration approached this national security crisis as a purely political matter in the context of a presidential campaign.  Even more egregiously, the administration has spent all its energy over the last nineteen months trying to cover up their failure to protect our people in Benghazi instead of trying to bring the terrorists who attacked them to justice.

“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid should recognize the need to get to the bottom of this national disgrace and join Speaker Boehner by making this a joint select committee.  Then we can in a bipartisan fashion harness the full resources of Congress to find out what happened to the four brave Americans who lost their lives that terrible night, and why our government lied to us about it for so long.”

Sen. Cruz introduced S. Res. 225 calling for a joint select committee to investigate Benghazi on September 12, 2013. The resolution has 24 co-sponsors, including Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), John Barrasso (R-WY), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Richard Burr (R-NC), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Thad Cochran (R-MS), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Michael Enzi (R-WY), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Dean Heller (R-NV), James Inhofe (R-OK), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Mike Lee (R-UT), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Rand Paul (R-KY), Rob Portman (R-OH), James Risch (R-ID), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Tim Scott (R-SC), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and David Vitter (R-LA).


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