Skip to comments.House Benghazi panel will have open-ended duration, budget
Posted on 05/06/2014 6:27:48 PM PDT by smoothsailing
By Russell Berman - 05/06/14 08:36 PM EDT
The House select committee investigating the Benghazi terrorist attack will have 12 members but no set budget or deadline for reporting its findings to lawmakers, according to legislation released by Speaker John Boehners office on Tuesday evening.
The proposal calls for seven Republicans and five Democrats, an uneven ratio that could cause Democrats to boycott a panel they say is unnecessary and aimed at politicizing the tragedy that killed four Americans at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012.
This committees structure, scope, and capabilities represent a responsible approach, reflecting the seriousness of what happened in Benghazi as well as the Obama administrations unacceptable lack of cooperation in the time since, Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement Tuesday. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is expected to announce on Wednesday whether Democrats will participate in the panel. The House is expected to vote to form the committee on Thursday, and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) has said he will urge his party to oppose it.
Boehner on Monday named second-term conservative Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), a former federal prosecutor, to lead the committee. Lawmakers have been lobbying the Speakers office to get on the high-profile panel, and the other Republican members will likely be named after the House vote.
The legislation says the select committee must deliver a final report to the House, but its duration is open-ended. And the proposal does not set a specific budget for the panel.
The committee may issue subpoenas like other House panels and can choose to hold hearings in private when considering classified matters.
Republicans have accused the Obama administration of stonewalling the investigations that four separate House committees have conducted on the Benghazi attacks. Boehner bowed to conservative demands that he appoint a select committee last week after the White House released an email that the GOP said supported their claims that officials misled the public in the initial days after the attack.
Our system of government is built on an assumption of transparency, Boehner said. It is unfortunate that it has to come to this, but when four Americans are killed by terrorists in a well-coordinated assault, the American people will not tolerate the evasion we have seen from the White House. In response to the administrations pattern of obstructing oversight efforts, this Select Committee will be provided special investigatory tools not available to every standing committee of the House.
And given the administrations history of slow-walking information, Chairman Gowdy and this panel will be provided as much time as needed to bring forth answers, accountability, and justice, Boehner added. I expect the members of this committee Republican and Democrat to exercise these authorities with a single-minded focus of getting the unvarnished truth about what took place leading up to, during, and following the terrorist attack on our consulate in Libya. The American people will accept no less.
Open ended budget? Red flag for graft corruption
Pelosi won’t be happy about the committee balance...So sad. :-)
"The Hill" are The Shills for the 'Rat party, touting the party line that even though typical committees like this mirror the house R/D ratio, and even though Pelousy had lopsided committees, "The Hill" puts forth the laugh that uneven ratios are abnormal.
” - - - politicizing the tragedy - - - “
Yup, that is what defines Constitutional Checks and Balances. Deal with it.
If it comes down to the demoxrats boycotting,
Bonhior should just appoint the 5 democrats,
or else appoint 5 members...from
the PHONE book. Citizen representatives.
We should give them 4 weeks. Then we hang every damn member of the administration. (Past and present in order to be equitable about it.)
Pelosi is slipping. She should have demanded two Committee Chairman, Republican Gowdy and a Democrat Chairman of her choosing.
Open ended? Maybe our great-great grandchildren will know the truth. Maybe not.
Bingo...And with no stated deadline to give their (committees) report/findings, it gives NO ability for transparency if the findings point directly to the one question that needs a PUBLIC answer...
“Who gave the order to “stand-down!””
Hillary, Obama, Pinetta???
General Hamm, or Admiral Gaouette are the ones, I would love to hear from on this...They had to get the order to stand down, and they have to know who gave it, to at least authenticate the order...SOP if you ask me...There are too many people that would know that, but we have to get the top brass involved on this to speak to this important issue...
Pelosi is gonna nominate Rachel Madcow, Al Notsosharpton, and Bill Press, and Dan Rather to be on the committee. Those are the only people who can get the Dems out of this mess.
I agree.... really I’d go with just hanging them and saving the money they’ll spend on the investigation. But, open ended is better because it means the dems can’t just stall and run out the clock.
Remind me again how committees were structured under Pelosi........
Pelosi conveniently has a very short memory when it comes to partisanship.