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  •  It was the CR and ... (1+ / 0-)
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    not a 'budget" and the Senate is as responsible as the House. Also, note that the amount that the House passed for two accounts that pay for embassy security in 2012 ($2.311 billion) was $330 million less than the Obama administration had requested ($2.641 billion).

    However, the final bill, after being worked on by the Democratic-led Senate, put in more money than what had passed in the House. The final bill, which passed with bipartisan support, gave a total of $2.37 billion to these accounts for fiscal 2012 -- about $270 million less than what the administration had requested. It was still an increase over the previous budget year however.

    And recall that Charlene Lamb testified that budgetary matters had no effect on the level of security provided for the outpost.

    •  WP's Dana Milbank broke it down: (1+ / 0-)
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      For fiscal 2013, the GOP-controlled House proposed spending $1.934 billion for the State Department’s Worldwide Security Protection program — well below the $2.15 billion requested by the Obama administration. House Republicans cut the administration’s request for embassy security funding by $128 million in fiscal 2011 and $331 million in fiscal 2012. (Negotiations with the Democrat-controlled Senate restored about $88 million of the administration’s request.) Last year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that Republicans’ proposed cuts to her department would be “detrimental to America’s national security” — a charge Republicans rejected.

      GOP vice presidential nominee Paul] Ryan, [Rep. Darrell] Issa and other House Republicans voted for an amendment in 2009 to cut $1.2 billion from State operations, including funds for 300 more diplomatic security positions. Under Ryan’s budget, non-defense discretionary spending, which includes State Department funding, would be slashed nearly 20 percent in 2014, which would translate to more than $400 million in additional cuts to embassy security.

      The Republican appropriation in Congress gave the administration $300 million less than it asked for for the State Department, including funding for security.

      www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-forget-about-big-bird/2012/10/09/5f9a411c-1258-11e2-ba83-a7a396e6b2a7_story.html

      Your dog won't hunt.

      •  Did you even read what I posted above? (0+ / 0-)

        "Charlene Lamb testified that budgetary matters had no effect on the level of security provided for the outpost."

        Yes he does hunt.

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