Jason Chaffetz Admits House GOP Cut Funding For Embassy Security: 'You Have To Prioritize Things'
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) acknowledged on Wednesday that House Republicans had consciously voted to reduce the funds allocated to the State Department for embassy security since winning the majority in 2010.
On Wednesday morning, CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien asked the Utah Republican if he had "voted to cut the funding for embassy security."
"Absolutely," Chaffetz said. "Look we have to make priorities and choices in this country. We have…15,0000 contractors in Iraq. We have more than 6,000 contractors, a private army there, for President Obama, in Baghdad. And we’re talking about can we get two dozen or so people into Libya to help protect our forces. When you’re in touch economic times, you have to make difficult choices. You have to prioritize things.”
For the past two years, House Republicans have continued to deprioritize the security forces protecting State Department personnel around the world. In fiscal year 2011, lawmakers shaved $128 million off of the administration's request for embassy security funding. House Republicans drained off even more funds in fiscal year 2012 -- cutting back on the department's request by $331 million.
Consulate personnel stationed in Benghazi had allegedly expressed concerns over their safety in the months leading up to the Sept. 11 attacks that killed four Americans, including Amb. Chris Stevens. Chaffetz and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, claim those concerns were ignored.
"It seems to be a coordinated effort between the White House and the State Department, from Secretary [Hillary] Clinton to President Obama's White House," Chaffetz told Fox and Friends on Tuesday.
Chaffetz and Issa co-signed a letter to the State Department, demanding answers on to the Benghazi security detail. State Department officials and other witnesses will testify before the House Oversight Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense, and Foreign Operations on Wednesday.
Ahead of the hearing, some Democrats claim that partisanship and campaigning are corrupting the Libyan investigation, The New York Times reports. The charges come as some GOP members attempt to frame the incident as a failure of the Obama's foreign policy and to call criticize the administration for engaging in a "cover-up" of what really occurred.
Hopefully Obama and company are keeping this information handy for the debate next week.
And they will continue to pounce on him. Watch the debate. Romney will vilify him.
When will Romney accuse Obama of murder?
You know it's coming in the last debate, bitches.
Jack Cafferty all but said Obama Has blood on his hands and needs to answer for it and Romney will be all over it at the debate, since it's about foreign policy anyway. This might be really bad.
Not with this addition they don't.
It's the House GOP who cut it.
Why is that Obama's fault?
How many times did Paul Ryan vote to defund?
I remember back in 2011 Hillary went to Congress to ask for more funding for the State Dept. I never followed through with it. Now I know. Congress turned her down to fund additional securities. She said without funding would put lives at stake.
Now the GOP are demonizing the Admin and State Dept. for lack of security. The Republicans are just so despicable.
[quote]It's the House GOP who cut it... Why is that Obama's fault?
You think The Republicans will use logic and truth against Obama when Muslims killed Americans again? Remember they repeat the lie until it becomes fact.
Is he gay?
btw, gayvoice for days.
You [bold]KNOW[/bold] this Log Cabin wingnut posts on DL.
THIS IS GOOD NEWS. WE WON'T HAVE TO HEAR ISSA AND THE REPUGS BLAME OBAMA FOR LIBYA. THE GOP WILL TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS ONE, the news shows will bring this fact up everytime they bring up libya.
It was the GOP's fault. let's get this straight.
The GOP is the party of "personal responsibility."
For democrats of course, not themselves.
ok, well except for Jansing & co on MSNBC today. the host went along with the obama blame and didn't mention the GOP. somebody get a memo to this whore host -- the GOP cut the embassy budget, thus not providing enough security, thus being responsible for the deaths.
what is so hard about that. how does this whore have a job?
and she let a GOP congress nobody blather on and on about the face that low tax rates lead to more jobs. as if! 2000-2008, anyone?
am I the only u.s citizen with a brain?
Can you fucking imagine what will happen if Romney gets elected??? It will make Bush's terms seem like the golden years of FDR.
It *is* great news.
Obama can use this handily at the next debate.
Woolfy on CNN just had a on a Republican Senator or Congressman ranting for ten minutes how it was all Obama's fault and "not some funding vote years ago". This is the October surprise and they are going full steam Swift Boating.