H.Res. 786: Honoring the four United States public servants who died in Libya and condemning the attacks on United States diplomatic facilities in Libya, Egypt, and Yemen

H.Res. 786

Honoring the four United States public servants who died in Libya and condemning the attacks on United States diplomatic facilities in Libya, Egypt, and Yemen

Date
September 19, 2012 (112th Congress, 2nd Session)

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Floor Situation

On Wednesday, September 19, 2012, the House is scheduled to consider H.Res. 786, a bill honoring the four United States public servants who died in Libya and condemning the attacks on United States diplomatic facilities in Libya, Egypt, and Yemen, under a suspension of the rules requiring a two-thirds majority vote for approval. The bill was introduced on September 14, 2012, by Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH).

Bill Summary

H.Res. 786 would: (1) recognize the selfless commitment to United States national security and to Libya’s hard won, transitional democracy by the brave United States citizens who lost their lives in the unjustified attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya; (2) express its deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those United States public servants killed in Benghazi, Libya; and (3) condemn in the strongest possible terms the terrorists who planned and conducted the attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and those who vandalized the United States embassies in Cairo, Egypt, and Sana’a, Yemen;

The bill would also call upon all governments to continue to work closely with the United States Department of State to ensure security of diplomatic facilities throughout their countries, to secure their borders, and to aggressively combat terrorists and extremists who operate within their sovereign territory.

Additionally, the bill would call upon the Governments of Libya, Egypt, and Yemen, in full cooperation with the United States Government, to investigate and bring to justice the perpetrators of these attacks; and would reiterate the United States’ commitment to promoting its core values, including support for democracy, universal human rights, individual and religious freedom, and respect for human dignity.

Background

On September 11, 2012, terrorists attacked the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing four

United States citizens, including the United States Ambassador to Libya, John Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and security officers Tyrone S. Woods and Glen A. Doherty, and injured other United States citizens.

Also on September 11, 2012, violent protesters stormed the United States embassy in Cairo, Egypt, committing acts of vandalism and violence and endangering the welfare of United States diplomats.

On September 13, 2012, violent protestors were repelled from an attempt to storm the United States embassy in Sana’a, Yemen.

Article 22 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations obligates host governments to ‘‘take all appropriate steps to protect the premises of the [diplomatic] mission against any intrusion or damage and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of the mission or impairment of its dignity.’’

Cost

There is no Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate available for this legislation.