House Adds $2 Billion in Security Funds to Prevent Another Benghazi
On March 4, the House of Representatives put forth a spending bill that adds $2 billion for embassy and consulate security in a bid to prevent another Benghazi-like attack.
This is part of the larger bill that keeps the government running through Sept. 30, 2012, and which prevents the military from facing sequester cuts before that date.
The additional funds for embassy and consulate security come as a result of State Department review that called for "a more serious and sustained commitment [to embassy security] from Congress."
In return, the spending bill states that "the Secretary of State shall submit a report to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate providing an assessment of security requirements at United States diplomatic facilities abroad."
For now, the House Appropriations Committees says the bill's State Department and foreign operations provision "supports the full fiscal year 2013 request and increased security needs identified after the Benghazi attack."