WASHINGTON, DC – Today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the text of a resolution the House will vote on this week to create a new panel, officially called the “House Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi.” The Speaker also released the following statement:
“This committee’s structure, scope, and capabilities represent a responsible approach, reflecting the seriousness of what happened in Benghazi as well as the Obama administration’s unacceptable lack of cooperation in the time since. Our system of government is built on an assumption of transparency. 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 administration’s 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 administration’s 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. 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.”
NOTE: The Select Committee will have a majority-minority party ratio of seven-to-five. Under the previous Democratic majority, then-Speaker Pelosi established a Select Committee with a more partisan nine-to-six ratio. The House Rules Committee’s website has a section-by-section summary of the Select Committee’s structure, scope, and authorities.