House Republicans are threatening to withhold a large chunk of State Department funding until officials speed up their responses to document requests, including House demands for documents pertaining to the Benghazi investigation and a probe of Hillary Clinton’s emails.
The House Appropriations Committee’s proposed 2016 spending bill for the State Department and foreign operations withholds 15 percent of the department’s “operational funds until requirements related to proper management of Freedom of Information Act and electronic communications are met,” according to a panel release.
The threat means House Republicans are using their most obvious weapon to hold State’s feet to the fire: the power of the purse.
The provision is part of a nearly $48 billion spending bill funding the department and the War on Terror, about $1.4 billion below this year’s number and $6.1 billion below President Barack Obama’s request. The legislation is also packed with other policy riders, including several aimed at blocking Obama’s attempt to normalize relations with Cuba and others to ensure the administration can’t facilitate a prisoner swap like the so-called Taliban Five again without Congress knowing.
The House Committee investigating the Benghazi terrorist attacks has been requesting documents from State and has loudly complained about the agency’s slow pace in responding to subpoena requests.
The agency contends that it’s processing Chairman Trey Gowdy’s multiple requests and is turning over the emails as quickly as possible. The South Carolina Republican has also asked the State Department for documents relating to Clinton’s email use when she served as secretary of state. Instead of using an official email account, Clinton maintained a personal email address and stored those emails on a personal server in her New York home.
Right on, Richard. A fair number of them should be in jail for treason. Hillary, Obummer, Pelosi, Reid and others.
From The Netherlands I am folllowing this matter closely.
Is there not a possible that she will be heard under outh so that she has to tell the truth.
If she do not tell the truth she will be tried accordinly or go to jail what I am hoping for such a liar!
Greetings fromThe Low Countries Bob de Boer
This game playing by this administration has been ongoing for years. American Citizens have a right to know the facts, yet lying Liberal media, as usual, blames Congress and the committee. This means Liberal media is totally against Americans and our right to know. Treason by Liberal media is not unusual!
This should have been done years ago! These government agencies are over funded, seems they all have money to thow away on parties and useless spending among their friends. ACCOUNTABILITY would be nice also.
JUST DO IT!
.....WHY NOT CHARGE HER WITH OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE? IT IS A REAL LAW!
Republican threats are as worthless as OScumBag's red lines. We need Ted Cruz, but that will just be the beginning. There will still be lots of bloodshed.
That works for me ,they should cut off pay to Obama until he comes clean on everything !!!!
I think that is a great idea!! Who cares what the Demo's may say! God bless America!
All for this. About time they did something productive and used the purse strings to get results.
Applaud Applaud !
Draw the purse strings tight and do not let go until get ALL of the e-mails and no REDACTIONS.