May 09 2014
On September 11, 2012, four brave Americans tragically lost their lives in a terrorist attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. Since then, House Republicans have worked diligently to uncover the truth through our existing committees that were equipped to immediately begin probing into events surrounding the attack. Chairmen Issa, McKeon, Rogers, and Royce conducted hearings and interviews through which we have learned a great deal of information regarding the Administration’s inadequate response to the attack. I’m very proud of the committees’ efforts to obtain full and truthful answers from the Administration.
Last week we learned that the Administration deliberately withheld documents subpoenaed by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for their investigation. This completely unacceptable obstruction is what triggered our action this week. Because of the Administration’s refusal to cooperate with the House’s constitutional oversight authority, we must now concentrate our investigation into a single select committee.
Congressman Pete Sessions talking on the House floor in support of establishing the Benghazi Select Committee.
That is why I authored a resolution to establish the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi. This resolution was adopted in the House Rules Committee on Wednesday and received approval by the full House today. I look forward to seeing the work of the new select committee led by Chairman Trey Gowdy and hope that the American people will join us in demanding answers.
House Contempt Vote
As you may remember, former IRS official Lois Lerner has continually refused to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee during their investigation of the IRS scandal. Her refusal to cooperate hinders the American people from learning the truth and prevents Congress from fully understanding what happened in order to protect taxpayers from future abuse.
In response, the House voted to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress. The intentional targeting of conservative groups by the IRS is completely unacceptable and I believe that it is critical for us to learn the full truth of what happened and ensure that the IRS is held accountable for its outrageous misuse of resources and power.
Charter School Week
This week is National Charter Schools Week – a time to highlight the importance of successful charter schools nationwide. In honor of this week, on Thursday the House passed a bipartisan proposal to strengthen the Charter School Program and support choice, innovation, and excellence in education. In order to give our nation’s students the educational opportunities that they deserve, we need first-rate schools and teachers in our communities. The Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act would increase the number of high-quality charter schools and allow successful models to be replicated across the country. To learn more, click here.
R&D Tax Credit
One of my top priorities in Congress is to provide our nation’s job creators with the economic certainty that they need so that they can expand their businesses and create more jobs. While the research and development tax credit plays an important role in stimulating economic growth, its temporary status creates needless uncertainty for American businesses.
The American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2014, which passed the House on Thursday with my support, would both simplify and make permanent the R&D tax credit. This permanency will allow American companies to confidently plan for the future, encourage innovation, and ensure that our nation remains competitive in the global marketplace.