Recently, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney noted this about the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi: “Let’s be clear, Benghazi happened a long time ago.”
We concur. It happened a long time ago. But we still don’t have answers.
As much as Jay and others in Washington, DC, hope it will go away—the Benghazi issue is here to stay until those answers are provided.
Why? Because the American grassroots, led by ACT! for America, have kept this issue front and center. They have spent the last 8 months calling and visiting their federal legislators asking for a real investigation into the attack.
As you may know, earlier this year, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) introduced H. Res. 36, legislation creating a select, short-term committee to investigate what happened in the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. From the very beginning, ACT! for America’s grassroots have been instrumental in educating their federal legislators about this legislation and, further, in asking them to cosponsor it. In fact, we’ve been so effective that Rep. Wolf recently sent a personal letter to Brigitte Gabriel thanking our members for their efforts.
And a lot of legislators have listened, but others have not—including the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives.
Over the last few weeks, we have seen an incredible momentum in support of H. Res. 36—from the grassroots, the media, and Members of both the House and Senate. Click HERE to read a recent Wall Street Journal editorial endorsing Rep. Frank Wolf’s efforts to see a select committee on Benghazi convened in the House of Representatives.
The legislation now has the support of 146 cosponsors (click HERE to see if your Member of Congress is one of them).
However, House Speaker John Boehner still does not think the issue rises to the level of requiring a special investigative committee—even after the explosive revelations made during last week’s congressional hearing by heroic whistleblowers who risked both their careers and reputations in order to do the right thing (Click HERE to watch the riveting testimony during the hearing if you missed it).
After last week’s hearing, Rep. Wolf sent a letter to Speaker Boehner once again asking him to convene the Special Committee. In his letter he notes, “After eight months, we can’t wait for more time to pass. Questions would remain unanswered, procedures unchanged and accountability unrealized. That is until another attack occurs and another life is lost. And then, shame on us if we, who have been entrusted with public service, have done nothing to prevent it.”
We wholeheartedly agree. Enough is enough.
As Brigitte Gabriel says repetitively, “If our legislators don’t see the light, we must make them feel the heat.”
Well folks, it’s time to light the burners.
Today, we are asking you to call and e-mail YOUR member of the U.S. House of Representatives to register your strong support for H. Res. 36 and to ask that he/she personally ask House Leadership to bring H. Res. 36 up for a vote before the FULL HOUSE—THIS WEEK.
Let them know that it’s time the Benghazi attack receives the attention it deserves. At this juncture, doing anything else demonstrates continued weakness to our enemies.
The overall message is this: The Benghazi attack deserves the attention of a Special Committee and House Leadership needs to convene such a committee NOW.
Click HERE to locate contact information on your Member of the House of Representatives.
Please relay the following message respectfully, but firmly, and in your own words. In addition, please pass this request on to everyone you know.
[Sample Script. Please modify as appropriate for call or e-mail.]
As a constituent, I am [calling/writing] to ask that Congressman [insert name] immediately contact House Leadership demanding that H. Res. 36 be brought to the House floor for a vote THIS WEEK.
H. Res. 36, legislation introduced by Rep. Frank Wolf, creates a special, short-term committee to investigate the Benghazi attack on the U.S. consulate.
It has been more than eight months since the attack. The five individual committees of jurisdiction have had ample time to investigate. As the recent congressional Oversight hearing has shown, this issue is much too complicated to be split between multiple committees. It must be investigated by one Special Committee devoted solely to the Benghazi issue.
We hope you will do the right thing and relay this message to House Leadership today. The world is watching.