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House Republicans are planning to spend as much as $3.3 million for this year's operations of the special committee they created in May to investigate the September 2012 Benghazi attacks, a bigger budget than the House Veterans Affairs and Ethics committees were given this year. By comparison, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs -- which has a roster of 25 lawmakers and about 27 staff members -- spent $2.5 million in 2013 and has a $3 million budget for 2014. The Ethics Committee budget for 2014 was more than $3 million, with a staff of about 25 serving 10 lawmakers.

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Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, the senior Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, said, "It is unfathomable that House Republicans are spending more taxpayer money per day on this new committee to re-investigate Benghazi than the committee charged with oversight of the entire U.S. intelligence community."

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Since the Benghazi committee was created in May, its full-year equivalent budget would be more than $5 million. This is more than the House Intelligence Committee, which has a $4.4 million budget this year and spent $4.1 million last year. The largest House committees -- Energy and Commerce; Oversight and Government Reform; Transportation and Infrastructure -- have budgets between $8 million and $9.5 million for the year.

A special committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming created by Democrats in 2007 spent about $2 million a year until it was shut down by the new Republican majority in January 2011.

The Benghazi committee has no deadline for a final report, and it is almost certain it will continue into next year.


Perhaps if more emphasis was put on deeper oversight of intelligence, there might not have been a Benghazi in the first place or it might have been better anticipated and protected against -- seeing as how the GOP continues to ignore that the entire US organization within Benghazi was nominally a CIA-operated base and not in any way a "normal" State Department outpost.

Just a thought....

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2014-07-08 10:05 AM | Reply | Flag:

The bill should go to the Republican party since this is really just a political stunt. Remember when the Republicans wasted 75,000,000 investigating Clinton?

#2 | Posted by danni at 2014-07-08 12:38 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

Fiscal Conservatives strike again.

#3 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2014-07-08 02:39 PM | Reply | Flag:

Oh, good gosh! What's the total bill...$3.3 million? That's about 1/1200th of the money Obama wants to "process" 60K illegal aliens that should have been kept on the south side of the border to begin with.

#4 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-07-08 02:49 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

3 million bucks is chicken feed, the GOP wants to hire Ken Star as the Special Benghazi prosecutor, He will run the his meter up too 100 million dollars ++ in just a few months

#5 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-07-08 04:31 PM | Reply | Flag:

Ah, but it's so worth it.

#6 | Posted by mysterytoy at 2014-07-08 06:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

#4 | Posted by MUSTANG

Funny how folks have no problem spending trillions to spread freedom when it involves killing. But spreading freedom by helping kids, that's a waste of money.

#7 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2014-07-08 06:53 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 3

Oh, good gosh! What's the total bill...$3.3 million? That's about 1/1200th of the money Obama wants to "process" 60K illegal aliens that should have been kept on the south side of the border to begin with.

I'm willing to go out on a limb here and say you probably argue that the NEA should be defunded because "every little bit helps".

#8 | Posted by jpw at 2014-07-08 07:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

Ah, but it's so worth it.

#6 | Posted by mysterytoy

Perfect example of a "fiscally conservative" righty.

If he doesn't like it, it's wasteful.

If it sends thrills up his partisan leg he's all for it.

#9 | Posted by jpw at 2014-07-08 07:44 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Obama spend $7.5 million just for travel for just 3 vacations. What did WE get for that?

#10 | Posted by sames1 at 2014-07-08 08:00 PM | Reply | Flag:

if it's protecting the constitution and defending our intended style of government and not some chavez/castro approved nonsense, it IS worth it..

but of course, it also cost a lot of money to go after scooter libby when dems KNEW he didn't do it....so deduct that amount and get back to me

#11 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-07-08 08:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

but of course, it also cost a lot of money to go after scooter libby when dems KNEW he didn't do it....so deduct that amount and get back to me

Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-07-08 08:21 PM | Reply

There were 4 leakers

Richard Armitage
Ari Fleischer
Karl Rove
Scooter Libby

#12 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-07-08 08:25 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Obama spend $7.5 million just for travel for just 3 vacations. What did WE get for that?

Bush spent several trillion just for an unnecessary war in Iraq. What did WE get for that?

#13 | Posted by jpw at 2014-07-08 08:31 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 3

"but of course, it also cost a lot of money to go after scooter libby when dems KNEW he didn't do it....so deduct that amount and get back to me"

C"In October 2005, Libby was indicted by a federal grand jury concerning the investigation of the leak of the covert identity of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame Wilson.[5][6][7] Plame's position at the CIA was considered classified information.[5] Libby was indicted on five counts relating to the Plame affair: Two counts of perjury, two counts of making false statements to federal investigators, and one count of obstruction of justice. Libby resigned all three government positions immediately after the indictment was announced.[8]

In the subsequent federal trial, United States v. Libby, the jury convicted Libby on four of the five counts in the indictment (one count of obstruction of justice, two counts of perjury, and one count of making false statements) and acquitted on the second count of making false statements.[9][10] The day after his conviction in that trial, he resigned his later appointment as senior advisor at the Hudson Institute (January 1, 2006 – March 7, 2007).[11][12]"

en.wikipedia.org

#14 | Posted by danni at 2014-07-08 08:44 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

"Bush spent several trillion just for an unnecessary war in Iraq. What did WE get for that?

Posted by jpw"

Obummer's scapegoat...

#15 | Posted by Greatamerican at 2014-07-08 08:52 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Obummer's scapegoat...

#15 | Posted by Greatamerican at 2014-07-08 08:52 PM | Reply | Flag: desperate for the guy he voted for twice to face into history

#16 | Posted by jpw at 2014-07-09 01:00 AM | Reply | Flag:

*fade into history

#17 | Posted by jpw at 2014-07-09 01:06 AM | Reply | Flag:

#17

I liked 'face into history' better.

#18 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-07-09 07:58 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Obummer's scapegoat..." LOL... good one!!

#19 | Posted by sames1 at 2014-07-09 09:23 AM | Reply | Flag:

"A newly released email from former IRS employee Lois G. Lerner, sent just as the tea party targeting scandal was erupting, warned colleagues to "be cautious" about what information they put in emails because it could be turned over to Congress.

"I was cautioning folks about email and how we have had several occasions where Congress ask asked for emails and there has been an electronic search for responsive emails -- so we need to be cautious about what we say in emails," Ms. Lerner wrote in an April 9, 2013, message.

The message came less than two weeks after the IRS's internal auditor shared a draft report with the agency accusing it of targeting tea party and conservative groups. A month after the email, Ms. Lerner would plant a question at a conference to reveal the scandal, just before the inspector general's report was made public.

The email was turned over to the House oversight committee last week, more than a year after lawmakers sought it as part of their investigation into the IRS targeting
.
The email shows Ms. Lerner was aware Congress was probing the agency and that she was preparing to intentionally hide agency discussions from lawmakers."

*** Nope not a smidgen of corruption ****

AS to the cost of these - How much is justice for your dead son or daughter worth? How much would you be willing to pay to find out who let them die?

Don't hand me Bush and Iraq. Iraq was a WAR sactioned by BOTH Parties where we did all we could to keep our guys safe and kill the other guys.

Benghazi was where someone made the conscience decision not to try and save them and let the guys die...and then lie to cover it up. If you cannot decern the differences you need help.

Given the lie after lie after lie this group has told - and the cover up after cover up no one with any morals could possibly defend them. But you do.

#20 | Posted by foshaffer at 2014-07-09 05:19 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

LOL
Some witch hunt.
The government's own indictment of the Benghazi attack mastermind totally debunks the Obama myths regarding the attack.
Obama purposely lied to the American people for political reasons and told others to lie on his behalf.

The cost of exposing Obamas lies is probably what obama spends on a round of golf. Besides, I thought you liberals loved government spending.

www.washingtontimes.com

Worst president since WWII.

#21 | Posted by Huguenot at 2014-07-09 05:22 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Funny how folks have no problem spending trillions to spread freedom when it involves killing. But spreading freedom by helping kids, that's a waste of money.

#7 | Posted by TFDNihilist

You know what's even funnier tfd? There are a bunch of gang members mixed in with thoes sweet little kids.

little o wants 7 million and not a penny of that is to close the border. By the end of the year that 60k will be 120k. The border MUST be closed...... we can't afford no to.

$ 338.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR to take care of the -------- that are here NOW.

#22 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-07-09 05:32 PM | Reply | Flag:

There were 4 leakers

Richard Armitage
Ari Fleischer
Karl Rove
Scooter Libby

#12 | Posted by LarryMohr

You are full of crap lar. Armitage was the leaker and he even admitted it. He and his boss were RINOs so the dems didn't even go after him. Libby went to prison for the same crime Clinton was gilty of.

Seems to me that was a dem wich hunt. It was no secret that plame worked for the CIA, her car with here in it went to the CIA parking lot every day.

#23 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-07-09 05:39 PM | Reply | Flag:

Bush spent several trillion just for an unnecessary war in Iraq. What did WE get for that?

#13 | Posted by jpw

In the first place it wasn't several trillion and many dems supported the action. What's your point other than you lie about costs.

#24 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-07-09 05:41 PM | Reply | Flag:

You are full of crap lar. Armitage was the leaker and he even admitted it. He and his boss were RINOs so the dems didn't even go after him. Libby went to prison for the same crime Clinton was gilty of.

Seems to me that was a dem wich hunt. It was no secret that plame worked for the CIA, her car with here in it went to the CIA parking lot every day.

Posted by Sniper at 2014-07-09 05:39 PM | Reply

en.wikipedia.org

#25 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-07-09 05:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

Oh and Libby never went to prison. Dubya commuted the prison sentence before he was to begin serving it.

#26 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-07-09 05:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

It was no secret that plame worked for the CIA, her car with here in it went to the CIA parking lot every day.

Your ignorance has reached legendary status. Plame was a NOC. To her foreign contacts, her name wasn't Valerie Plame and she didn't work for the CIA. She traveled overseas under an assumed name and did the duty she was required to. And her duty was to help keep track of WMDs which, of course, those within the Bush administration fatally sabotaged to cover their own complicity in inventing false evidence used to dupe this nation into an unnecessary war.

You do realize that all NOCs aren't James Bond type characters don't you? Many spend a lot of their time behind computers yet still are considered spies because their true identities and purposes are withheld from those they contact and utilize for clandestine purposes.

#27 | Posted by tonyroma at 2014-07-09 06:22 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

party of small government and fiscal responsibility eh?

#29 | Posted by Tor at 2014-07-09 07:35 PM | Reply | Flag:

"$ 338.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR to take care of the -------- that are here NOW."

Link please?

#30 | Posted by danni at 2014-07-09 07:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

"In the first place it wasn't several trillion and many dems supported the action. What's your point other than you lie about costs."

It most certainly is several trillion, we are not done paying for the Iraq war by any means. We have thousands of horribly wounded soldiers who will require expensive care and support for many decades. You are, as usual, the liar Sniper.

"The cost of exposing Obamas lies is probably what obama spends on a round of golf. Besides, I thought you liberals loved government spending.
www.washingtontimes.com
Worst president since WWII. "

Hugenut posts the most heavily edited account of what the Benghazi attack participant from the "highly respected" web site Washingtontimes and expects anyone to actually consider it to be credible makes me laugh out loud. These idiots actually think people outside of their right wing circles of idiots read their posts and say...."OMG!" In truth it's more like we go "yawn, more right wing B.S." It's all they have, too bad they aren't even good at it. Yes, there is a stupid minority of Americans that take them seriously, but everyone else knows they are just hateful liars.

#31 | Posted by danni at 2014-07-09 07:55 PM | Reply | Flag:

In the first place it wasn't several trillion and many dems supported the action. What's your point other than you lie about costs.

www.reuters.com

Oops.

Wonder what it is now more than a year later.

And my point isn't rocket science. It's that the people likely to quibble over something like 7.5 million in travel costs for Obama won't bat an eye at the several trillion (yes, 2 trillion can be considered several, would it matter though if it were only 1 trillion?) spent on a needless war.

In other words, many of you are jokes. Unfortunately not even funny ones.

#32 | Posted by jpw at 2014-07-09 08:27 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

"It was no secret that plame worked for the CIA, her car with here in it went to the CIA parking lot every day."

YEah? I guess if you repeat B.S. enough you can pretend it's a fact.

#33 | Posted by danni at 2014-07-09 08:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

but of course, it also cost a lot of money to go after scooter libby when dems KNEW he didn't do i

Funny, he was convicted and not even the Great W bothered pardoning him. Now tell me again how the $40 billion Iraq war paid for itself, Aflac.

#34 | Posted by northguy3 at 2014-07-09 09:07 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

2 is not several...while it's arguable it's too much...it's not usually known as 'several'
..........puuulease...

and I agree...to a point...if there's a committee on every obama lie, deception and fraud, I'm not sure we do have enough money to cover all of the special committees needed...

#35 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-07-10 12:28 AM | Reply | Flag:

so do just one...impeach the liar.

#36 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-07-10 12:30 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Impeach the liar"

The dems didn't have the man marbles to impeach your hero Dumbya! They should have though!

#37 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2014-07-10 02:26 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

The dems didn't have the man marbles to impeach your hero Dumbya! They should have though!

Posted by aborted_monson at 2014-07-10 02:26 AM | Reply

I have a feeling Dubya's dad called in marks/favours to protect his son.

#38 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-07-10 02:31 AM | Reply | Flag:

During the George W. Bush period, there were 13 attacks on various embassies and consulates around the world. Sixty people died. In Karachi, there was a death of one of our diplomats, and those were not investigated during that period of time because it was a tragedy.

Rethugs have not a slightest interest in investigating those problems. Wussies did not either, on account of it interfering with getting what needs to be done done. It is easy to classify ------ behavior over the last 5 years as treasonous. People far more concerned with gaining some electoral advantage that conducting the business of Government.

Three is a vaste opening with which to crush the Wussies but the Rethugs won't bite. That is actual unemployment, how it is reported and why. Just one fact: 523,000 full time jobs have been replaced with 800,000 part time jobs. Also, 15 million high paying manufacturing jobs have been lost to offshoring over the last 30 years. John Williams (Shadowstats.com) concludes that in current BLS reporting, "the aggregate average overstatement of employment change easily exceeds 200,000 jobs per month." But Rethugs will not talk about this issue, because they are a driving force behind free trade agreements and offshoring manufacturing. BLS employment statistics are lies based on continuously changing measurement methods without ever changing previous reports to be consistent with the current report.

#39 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-07-10 09:06 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Keep choking that chicken!

Gop is shedding voters faster than you can say BEHGHAZI!

#40 | Posted by drewl at 2014-07-10 11:32 AM | Reply | Flag:

Novak had learned of Plame's employment, which was classified information, from State Department official Richard Armitage

en.wikipedia.org

#25 | Posted by LarryMohr

Didn't I say that in #23?

WTF are you trying to say?

You should read my latest post on wikipedia. anybody can do it.

#41 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-07-10 12:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

$ 338.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR to take care of the -------- that are here NOW."

Link please?

#30 | Posted by danni

QAdd them up ddan

1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state governments. Verify at: tinyurl.com

2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens. Verify at: www.cis.org

3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.
Verify at: www.cis.org

4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English! Verify at: transcripts.cnn.com

5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.
Verify at transcripts.cnn.com

6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.
Verify at: transcripts.cnn.com

7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.
Verify at: transcripts.cnn.com

8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.
Verify at: premium.cnn.com

9. $200 Billion dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens. Verify at: transcripts.cnn.com

10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that's two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US ... Verify at: transcripts.cnn.com

11. During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our Southern Border also, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from Terrorist Countries. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin and marijuana, crossed into the U. S from the Southern border.
Verify at: Homeland Security Report: tinyurl.com

#42 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-07-10 12:32 PM | Reply | Flag:

Novak had learned of Plame's employment, which was classified information, from State Department official Richard Armitage

en.wikipedia.org

#25 | Posted by LarryMohr

Didn't I say that in #23?

WTF are you trying to say?

You should read my latest post on wikipedia. anybody can do it.

#41 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-07-10 12:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

From My link in post #25

en.wikipedia.org

#43 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-07-10 12:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

Good post,Sniper....not to worry, facts are irrelevant to Danni...
only the dank kool-aid of the WH is priority...!!!

#44 | Posted by drsoul at 2014-07-10 06:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

$3.3 million, psht. That's nothing. What about the over-40 million for Whitewater, which ended up with...a Monica Lewinsky BJ discovery! Shocking!

And the great reward for that tool Ken Starr who wasted all that money on an open witch hunt: he was awarded the presidency of Baylor University! What a ridiculous deflating of higher ed in a state that's already mediocre in education.

#45 | Posted by e1g1 at 2014-07-10 10:40 PM | Reply | Flag:

Sniper:
I totally agree with you in illegal immigration. Get them all the eff out, NOW.

#46 | Posted by e1g1 at 2014-07-10 10:41 PM | Reply | Flag:

"so do just one...impeach the liar."

I wish AFKABL2 had some sway with the bunch of ------- posing as the House GOP. The Constitutional remedy Congress is granted for Presidents who overstep their authority is the impeachment process.

Instead, Agent Orange wants to sue Obama. I was under the impression Republicans were against frivolous lawsuits with all of that Tort Deform they passed under Dubya.

#47 | Posted by DCTexan at 2014-07-11 01:14 AM | Reply | Flag:

Imagine if the House in 2011 had included $3.3 Million more for Embassy and Consulate security for FY 2012 instead of cutting the budget for it. Thanks, Tea -------!

#48 | Posted by DCTexan at 2014-07-11 11:41 AM | Reply | Flag:

5 Trillion in Quantitative Easing, what did that get us?

#49 | Posted by shirtsbyeric at 2014-07-11 01:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

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