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house Bill H.R. 2567

Awarding a Congressional Gold Medal to the Americans Who Lost Their Lives At Benghazi

Argument in favor

The four Americans who were killed at Benghazi had distinguished careers and honorably served our country. As they lost their lives in the line of duty, Congress should recognize their sacrifice with a Congressional Gold Medal in their memory.

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10/22/2015
How totally embarassing it would be if Clinton became president and she would have to present these medals.
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operaman's Opinion
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10/22/2015
The Congressional Gold Metal would bring attention on the State Department that Sec Hillary, the killer, Clinton ignored Amb. Stevens plea for increased security. Still unanswered is the question: "Why was Amb. Stevens in Benghazi?" And why was security withheld?
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10/22/2015
We should honor the lives of these individuals that died while representing our country. We should honor them in some way, and this is the perfect way to represent their lives.
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Argument opposed

While this bill may be well intentioned, it is an empty gesture that cannot replace the loss of these men. Additionally, the recognition could be overshadowed by people attempting to politicize Benghazi.

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10/22/2015
I know this is cruel, but the GOP has totally worn me out in their Benghazi witch hunt. When are we going to start the Bush/Cheney hearings on the World Trade Towers and Iraq war fiascos???
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10/22/2015
While this has good intentions, the 4 men who died at Benghazi are no better than the ones who died in other consulate attacks throughout history; if we have to honor these men, we'll have to honor them all.
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10/22/2015
No. Because it's a pathetic political ploy by the right wing.
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What is House Bill H.R. 2567?

This bill would award a Congressional Gold Medal in commemoration of Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, J. Christopher Stevens, and Sean Smith and their contributions to the nation. The four men were killed during an attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012.

Glen Doherty was a Navy SEAL for 12 years and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He attained the rank of Petty Officer First Class and earned the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. After leaving the Navy, Glen Doherty worked with the Dept. of State to protect American diplomats.

Tyrone Woods served as a Navy SEAL for 20 years, which included tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. In Iraq he led multiple raids and reconnaissance missions, and earned the Bronze Star. After retiring from the Navy as a Senior Chief Petty Officer, Tyrone Woods worked with the Dept. of State to protect American diplomats.

J. Christopher Stevens served for 21 years in the U.S. Foreign Service. He was serving as U.S. Ambassador to Libya and previously served twice in the country as both Special Representative to the Libyan Transitional National Council and as the Deputy Chief of Mission. Earlier in his life, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching English in Morocco.

Sean Smith served for 6 years in the U.S. Air Force. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal. After leaving the Air Force, Sean Smith served for 10 years in the Dept. of State on various assignments which took him to places such as Baghdad, Brussels, Pretoria, and The Hague.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate would be directed to arrange the award on behalf of Congress.

Impact

The families of Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, J. Christopher Stevens, and Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2567

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) is a former Navy SEAL and led the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEALS (BUDS) training that Tyrone Woods took part in, and became friends with Woods and Doherty. In an introductory press release, he said:

“On September 11, 2012 America lost four patriots, and in the Navy SEALS we lost two brothers. This tribute is long overdue. Honoring Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods with Congressional Gold Medals should not be about politics; it’s about paying respect and homage to American patriots who served our nation honorably in some of our darkest hours. I am grateful for their service to our nation and will work with Senator Markey to build a large bipartisan base of support for this bill.”

This bill has 57 cosponsors in the House, including 48 Republicans and 9 Democrats.


Of Note: The attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 was carried out by Islamic militants and marked the first time since 1979 that a U.S. Ambassador was killed in the line of duty.

A Select Committee on Benghazi was formed in the House of Representatives to investigate the attack, examine policies and decisions that preceded the attack, and make recommendations to protect U.S. personnel abroad in the future. It has held several hearings, and the video for those hearings has been made publicly available. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be appearing before the Committee on October 22, 2015.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: "United States Marines salute during the dignified transfer ceremony for the U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service officer Sean Smith, and security officers Tyrone S. Woods and Glen A. 120914-D-BW835-276" by DoD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo. (Released) - http://www.defense.gov/dodcmsshare/newsphoto/2012-09/hires_120914-D-BW835-276.JPG. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons)

Official Title

To posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to each of Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, J. Christopher Stevens, and Sean Smith in recognition of their contributions to the Nation.

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    IntroducedMay 21st, 2015
    How totally embarassing it would be if Clinton became president and she would have to present these medals.
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    I know this is cruel, but the GOP has totally worn me out in their Benghazi witch hunt. When are we going to start the Bush/Cheney hearings on the World Trade Towers and Iraq war fiascos???
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    While this has good intentions, the 4 men who died at Benghazi are no better than the ones who died in other consulate attacks throughout history; if we have to honor these men, we'll have to honor them all.
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    No. Because it's a pathetic political ploy by the right wing.
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    The Congressional Gold Metal would bring attention on the State Department that Sec Hillary, the killer, Clinton ignored Amb. Stevens plea for increased security. Still unanswered is the question: "Why was Amb. Stevens in Benghazi?" And why was security withheld?
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    We should honor the lives of these individuals that died while representing our country. We should honor them in some way, and this is the perfect way to represent their lives.
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    Yes, but we still need answers. Lots of answers!
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    These people gave up their lives doing the work of and for the people UNITED STATES, 3 of them gave up their lives trying to rescue Amb. Stevens even thou their request for more help was not granted and they had to go it alone. The Gold Medal is the very least we can do for these brave
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    Only if there is a precedent for this should it even be considered. Otherwise, it is strictly for show, which is opportunistic, and disrespectful.
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    What about the Americans that lost their lives in the embassy attacks in the last administration and in Reagans Administration?
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    By all means, they should get this award! Too bad they have to get it posthumously. The greatest honor you could bestow on them, however, would be to hold their Commander in Chief and the former Secretary of State ACCOUNTABLE for their deaths! To not do so is a terrible miscarriage of justice! And make SURE we never have another fiasco take place like what happened in Libya because of this Administration's disastrous foreign policy!
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    While I agree that the intentions of the bill are good-hearted, this will only allow a politically motivated agenda and controversy to be sparked. If this was a true natured bill it would have been drafted right after their deaths.
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    They gave up their lives in service to the people of the United States.
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    They sacrificed the ultimate price for the freedom of all Americans...
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    The Congressional Gold medal is suppose to be awarded as one of the two highest honors given by this country for civilian service. The four proposed honorees were Navy Seals and as such not civilians. Benghazi is a political tragedy, an enigma if you will, for public service and the lost of life shameful. But no more so than the embassies that were attacked during the George W Bush administration that caused the loss of life of Americans including several ambassadors.
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    These were Americans serving their country in a dangerous place. Congress may choose to ignore veterans but this seems like a no brainer!
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    Their lives were sacrificed for political power and nothing else. The least the government can do for the sake of their families is honor their memory.
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    Benghazi was simply one of the most devastating foreign incidents in which extremely iconic and significant service men and individuals that lost their precious lives due to incompetent actions on the federal governments behalf (especially an individual whose evident that has the four lives lost on their hands, so but I'm not going to mention names because it's self explanatory). Although, these lives were not just any souls that were lost but they were souls that were positively influential to our military and political leadership as well. Such examples are Ambassador Christopher Stevens who was originally transported to corrupted Benghazi to greatly improve its infrastructure, to alleviate a governmental rule lead by radical jihadist, WAS NOT GIVEN A WARM WELCOMING. The security procedure was embarrassingly coordinated and resulted in an unfortunate casualty of this Outstanding senator as well. The least congress can honor these individuals is relinquishing their sincere condolences by honoring them with prestigious recognition for their service and dignity while attempting to diffuse this tragedy. Now in this election we have two choices if four innocent lives have been lost due to poor leadership by our past Secretary of State THEN LET ME ASK YOU: DOSE THIS MEET THE QUALIFICATIONS OF A RESPONSIBLE COMMANDER IN CHEIF? OR DOSE THIS EXEMPLIFY "POLITICAL EXPERIENCE"? Stating that an individual such as our past Secretary of State has "political experience which justifies that she should be elected" is just HURTING HER COMING FROM THE SUPPORTERS. Let's elect the individual that will reject secular socialist ideology in our political system and replace it with intelligent legislation that brings us back to the BOOMING AGE! To get a strong comprehension for Benghazi take a glance at this link especially for those of you that support her for office as well. I garuntee you when you see this film I hope your decision for what administration to elect this year is slowly contemplated https://www.google.com/search?q=13+hours&client=safari&sa=X&hl=en&biw=414&bih=628&tbs=vw:l&tbm=shop&prmd=vni&srpd=6775906497966003163&prds=num:1,of:1,epd:4411405996571750348,paur:ClkAsKraX3XQLvGTPmmDP50tp3ljGfycLf_HruJscD7Yfgi7E7D8SDzZgyT5VfU2HRGTB6U9Xp9lulN5tD9ZDpnuatqf0-RcmKTsBlcQ-X0Fbd3Qz40oVyrCHxIZAFPVH71IvG4r-M06O-WFqlBguEQSguU5gA,cid:12478263303334110797&ved=0ahUKEwiTiN_3h8zNAhWDth4KHZ6kBwIQgjYImgMwAA&ei=TiFzV5OpHYPtep7JnhA. Thank you for your time
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    They gave their lives for their country and our people in Washington abandoned them and are lying and trying to cover up something.
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    Hilary is getting the Royal Treatment Why shouldn't True and Honorable Heroes be Recognized!
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