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.
Tired of the threats...just do it!
I love this. High time they use that purse power.
IT'S ABOUT TIME THESE RHINOS GET OFF THERE ASSES AND DO WHAT THEY WERE ELECTED TO DO.
Good plan. Then when they get them (big if) shut it down anyway. Kick all those idiots to the curb - its a totally useless dept.
threats aren't doing anything to stop this runaway train; just do it. it isn't politics anymore - it's do what is right no matter what the outcome; there is truth that will make things right again - without - little hope of ever going forward except into a full blown catastrophe.
(and that's not just re Benghazi - that's the rest of this mess too.)
The federal government should offer a reward to the public for those emails, there are a lot of Gucifers out there. I would not of given the state department even that much..The federal government and their agencies put obligations on states when they offer money to them so what is good for the goose is good for the gander.