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Text of Establishing a select committee to investigate and report on the attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

...Benghazi, Libya.

This resolution was introduced on January 18, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jan 18, 2013 (Introduced).

IV

113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. RES. 36

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 18, 2013

(for himself, Mr. Barletta, Mr. Aderholt, Mr. Franks of Arizona, Mr. Weber of Texas, Mr. Posey, Mr. Wittman, Mr. Griffin of Arkansas, Mr. Schock, Mr. Meehan, Mr. King of Iowa, Mr. Duncan of South Carolina, Mr. Olson, Mr. Johnson of Ohio, Mr. Wilson of South Carolina, Mr. Brooks of Alabama, Mr. Gerlach, Mr. Brady of Texas, Mr. McKinley, Mr. Jordan, and Mr. Flores) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Rules

RESOLUTION

Establishing a select committee to investigate and report on the attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

That

1.

Establishment

There is hereby established a select Committee to investigate and report on the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya (hereinafter referred to as the select committee).

2.

Composition

(a)

The select committee shall be composed of 19 members as follows:

(1)

The chair and ranking member of the Committee on Armed Services (or a designee from among the members of that committee).

(2)

The chair and ranking member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (or a designee from among the members of that committee).

(3)

The chair and ranking member of the Committee on Homeland Security (or a designee from among the members of that committee).

(4)

The chair and ranking member of the Committee on Intelligence (or a designee from among the members of that committee).

(5)

The chair and ranking member of the Committee on the Judiciary (or a designee from among the members of that committee).

(6)

The chair and ranking member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (or a designee from among the members of that committee).

(7)

Five members appointed by the Speaker.

(8)

Two members appointed by the Speaker after consultation with the minority leader.

If the chair or ranking member of any such committee declines to serve on the select committee, then the Speaker in the case of a chair, or the Speaker after consultation with the minority leader in the case of a ranking member, shall designate the member or members from that committee to serve on the select committee.
(b)

The Speaker shall designate one member as chairman and the minority leader shall designate one member as the ranking minority member of the select committee.

3.

Investigation and report on the attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya

Not later than 90 days after the initial meeting of the select committee, the select committee shall conduct an investigation of and submit to the House a report on—

(1)

any intelligence known to the United States relating to the attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012;

(2)

any requests for additional security, or actions taken by Federal agencies to improve security at the consulate before the attack;

(3)

a definitive timeline of the attack;

(4)

how the relevant agencies and the executive branch responded to the attack and whether appropriate congressional notifications were made;

(5)

any improper conduct by officials relating to the attack;

(6)

recommendations on what steps Congress and the President should take to prevent future attack; and

(7)

any other relevant issues relating to the attack or the response to the attack.

4.

Procedures of the select committee

Rule XI of the Rules of the House of Representatives, including clause 2(j)(1) (guaranteeing the minority additional witnesses) and clause 2(m)(3) (providing for the authority to subpoena witnesses and documents), shall apply to the select committee.

5.

Joint operations

The chair of the select committee, in conducting the investigation described in section 3, may consult with the chair of any Senate committee conducting a parallel investigation regarding meeting jointly to receive testimony, the scheduling of hearings or issuance of subpoenas, and joint staff interviews of key witnesses.

6.

Staff; funding

(a)
(1)

To the extent practicable, the select committee shall utilize the services of staff of employing entities of the House. At the request of the chair in consultation with the ranking minority member, staff of employing entities of the House may be detailed to the select committee to carry out this resolution and shall be deemed to be staff of the select committee.

(2)

The chair, upon consultation with the ranking minority member, may employ and fix the compensation of such staff as the chair considers necessary to carry out this resolution.

(b)

There are authorized to be appropriated from the applicable accounts of the House such sums as may be necessary to carry out this resolution. Payments for the expenses of the select committee shall be made on vouchers signed by the chairman and approved in the manner directed by the Committee on House Administration. Amounts made available under this subsection shall be expended in accordance with regulations prescribed by the Committee on House Administration.

7.

Dissolution and disposition of records

(a)

The select committee shall cease to exist 30 days after filing the report required under section 3.

(b)

Upon dissolution of the select committee, the records of the select committee shall become the records of any committee designated by the Speaker.