One Man’s Trash – Now who’s ‘covering up’ – ‘GOP cuts to embassy security draw scrutiny, jabs from Democrats’
‘Republicans have sought to cut hundreds of millions of
dollars slated for security at U.S. embassies and
consulates since gaining control of the House in 2011’.
‘Democrats are scrutinizing the GOP proposals in the
wake of attacks on U.S. embassies and consulates in the
Middle East, one of which saw Ambassador to Libya
Christopher Stevens and three other Americans murdered’.
“This is a disturbing example of the Republicans’
meat-ax approach to cutting every aspect of the
government, no matter how essential,” said Senate
Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Charles Schumer
(N.Y.) in a statement to The Hill’.
‘Republicans hit back, saying the GOP-controlled House
has voted for money to ensure the safety of diplomatic
staff overseas, and accused Democrats of using last
week’s violence to score cheap political points’.
“It is extremely distasteful that some ill-informed
Democrat staff are using the instability and violence
abroad to score cheap political hits,” said Jennifer
Hing, communications director for the House
Well Jennifer let’s just see what the numbers tell
‘Democrats enacted $1.803 billion for embassy security,
construction and maintenance for fiscal 2010, when they
still controlled the Senate and House’.
‘After Republicans took control of the House and picked
up six Senate seats, Congress reduced the enacted budget
to $1.616 billion in fiscal 2011, and to $1.537 billion
‘The administration requested $1.801 billion for
security, construction and maintenance for fiscal 2012;
House Republicans countered with a proposal to cut
spending to $1.425 billion’.
‘The House agreed to increase it to $1.537 billion after
negotiations with the Senate’.
‘The administration requested $1.654 billion for the
State Department’s Worldwide Security Protection program
for fiscal 2012’.
‘House Republicans proposed funding the program at
$1.557 billion. Congress eventually enacted $1.591
billion after the Senate weighed in’.
‘For fiscal 2013, the administration requested $2.15
billion in funding for the worldwide security protection
program, a larger increase from the previous year’.
‘The House countered with a proposal to increase the
program to $1.934 billion’.