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Congressman to force action on new Benghazi investigation

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Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Tex.

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Hoping to get answers on the Benghazi terrorist attack, Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, wants to force Congress to vote on whether to launch an investigation into the Obama administration’s handling of the incident.

Stockman announced his intention following the cancellation of a House hearing this week on the Benghazi attacks, according to a statement released by his office. He will file a discharge petition to force a vote on U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf’s H.Res. 36, which would establish an investigative select committee.

“Congressman Wolf has fearlessly led the fight for justice on this issue.  The whole nation owes Congressman Wolf a deep debt of gratitude,” Stockman said in the statement. “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.”

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

“The only way we’re going to get a clean and thorough investigation is by forcing a vote with a discharge petition,” he said in his statement.

A majority of the chamber, or 218 House members, must sign the discharge petition to recall H. Res. 36 from committee for consideration on the House floor.

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