Democrat Attempt To End Benghazi Committee Fails

| by Meg O'Connor
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Democrats' push to end the House Select Committee on Benghazi on the evening of Oc. 6 has failed. Renewed efforts to dismantle the committee came after recent new criticism of the committee, but the vote on a floor amendment to eliminate the panel was unsuccessful.

At a Rules Committee hearing on Oct. 6, Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter of New York moved to attach an amendment to disband the committee to another piece of legislation that would create a new select committee to investigate Planned Parenthood, according to The Hill.

Slaughter, the top Democrat on the Rules Committee, sought an amendment on a Republican bill that would have eliminated the language creating a new Planned Parenthood subcommittee and instead replaced it with language to get rid of the Benghazi committee, according to The Washington Post.

Yet the amendment proposal failed on a party line vote 7-2.

Renewed efforts by Democrats to strike down the Benghazi committee over than a year after it was created come in the wake of comments made last week by House Majority Leader Republican Kevin McCarthy of California.

McCarthy has since walked back on his words, yet according to The Washington Post, the House Majority Leader's remarks last week credited the Benghazi panel with doing political damage to Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's campaign and lowering her poll numbers.

“It’s clear the majority has used the Select Committee on Benghazi to politicize a tragedy,” Slaughter said during the hearing on Oct. 6. "“What we didn’t know was that the majority would ever admit to it. And then last week House Speaker-in-waiting Kevin McCarthy accidentally told the truth.”

Slaughter continued, saying that the Benghazi panel “is a clear and undeniable abuse of official staff time, resources and attention. It undermines the work of the House, and it misleads the American public.”

And in regard to the Planned Parenthood investigation, Slaughter said the probe “is another useless exercise of brain power, staff power, everything that we do in this Congress where we hold up our hand and we swear that we’re going to uphold the law."

Rules Committee Chairman Republican Pete Session of Texas rebuffed Slaughter, “I do believe what we’re doing today is very serious,” he said. “I believe it is well within the jurisdiction of what we do.”

“I believe that there are serious questions which have properly been raised,” Sessions added.

Sources: The Hill, The Washington Post

Photo credit: Anne Wernikoff/The Hill