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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.

by Anonymousreply 1910/12/2012

So they've been blaming Obama all this time?

by Anonymousreply 110/10/2012

Hopefully Obama and company are keeping this information handy for the debate next week.

by Anonymousreply 210/10/2012

And they will continue to pounce on him. Watch the debate. Romney will vilify him.

by Anonymousreply 310/10/2012

When will Romney accuse Obama of murder?

You know it's coming in the last debate, bitches.

by Anonymousreply 410/10/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 510/10/2012

Not with this addition they don't.

by Anonymousreply 610/10/2012

It's the House GOP who cut it.

Why is that Obama's fault?

by Anonymousreply 710/10/2012

How many times did Paul Ryan vote to defund?

by Anonymousreply 810/10/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 910/10/2012

[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.

by Anonymousreply 1010/11/2012

Is he gay?

by Anonymousreply 1110/11/2012

btw, gayvoice for days.

by Anonymousreply 1210/11/2012

You [bold]KNOW[/bold] this Log Cabin wingnut posts on DL.

by Anonymousreply 1310/11/2012


It was the GOP's fault. let's get this straight.

by Anonymousreply 1410/11/2012

The GOP is the party of "personal responsibility."

For democrats of course, not themselves.

by Anonymousreply 1510/11/2012

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?

by Anonymousreply 1610/11/2012

Can you fucking imagine what will happen if Romney gets elected??? It will make Bush's terms seem like the golden years of FDR.

by Anonymousreply 1710/11/2012

It *is* great news.

Obama can use this handily at the next debate.

by Anonymousreply 1810/11/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 1910/12/2012
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