Leahy Backs and Approves Surplus Funds Go To Embassy Security

senatorpatrick-leahyOn Monday night the U.S. Senate approved legislation authored by Senator Patrick Leahy to transfer surplus funds for Iraq to U.S. embassy security needs in several locations that have been identified in the post-Benghazi review.
The bipartisan bill would authorize the State Department to transfer to embassy security purposes up to $1.1 billion in previously appropriated funds that are no longer needed in Iraq because of reduced operations. Leahy chairs the Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on State Department and Foreign Operations. Cosponsors of the bill include Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), ranking member of the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.,) Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.), and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).
The bill is based on the Leahy Amendment that the Senate approved in December during debate on the Supplemental Appropriations Bill for Sandy and other purposes.

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