Rep. Mike D. Rogers (R-Ala.) was meant to be an original sponsor of the bill from Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.). But according to Duncan's office, he was listed as Mike J. Rogers, the Intel Committee chairman. In October, the Alabama representative added his name to the list of co-sponsors.
It was not immediately clear why the Intel Committee chairman is not co-sponsoring the bill; many Republicans have called for various investigations into the September attacks. But one House aide said his non-sponsorship could simply reflect the uncertainty in the House about exactly how to pursue the investigation.
The attack in Libya has been a particular focus of Republicans, because it led to the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other U.S. officials. Earlier in the week, Sen. John McCainJohn McCainTrump aide: Ryan not fit to be Speaker if he doesn't support Trump Missouri Republican: Trump has not earned my vote Stoddard: Can Trump close the deal with the GOP? MORE (R-Ariz.) said he would oppose the nomination of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice because of her attempt to blame the Libya attack on an anti-Muhammed video.
Republicans have said evidence was available at the time indicating that it was a planned terrorist attack, and said the Obama administration ignored warnings of stepped-up violence.