Congressman Steve Stockman

Representing the 36th District of Texas

Benghazi discharge petition announced, Stockman to force action on Benghazi investigation

Jul 17, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON -- Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX 36) will seek to force a vote in Congress on creating a select committee to investigate the Obama administration’s handling of the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Following the cancellation of a House hearing this week on the Benghazi attacks, Rep. Stockman announced his intention to file a discharge petition to force a vote on Rep. Frank Wolf’s H. Res. 36, which would establish a Select Committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks.

“Congressman Wolf has fearlessly led the fight for justice on this issue.  The whole nation owes Congressman Wolf a deep debt of gratitude.  Some House Democrats now appear to be openly interfering with the investigation and intimidating witnesses, which only raises more questions about the White House’s involvement,” said Stockman. “The only way we’re going to get a clean and thorough investigation is by forcing a vote with a discharge petition.”

The House Foreign Affairs Committee, of which Rep. Stockman is a member, had originally scheduled a hearing, entitled “Benghazi: Progress on State Department Accountability,” for Thursday, July 18 at 10 a.m.

According to Rep. Wolf, a Select Committee is the only way to effectively conduct an investigation the attacks.

If 218 House members, a majority of the chamber, sign the discharge petition H. Res. 36 would be recalled from committee and considered on the floor.