House moves forward targeting Benghazi attackers

The House passed by voice vote an amendment to the 2015 defense authorization bill that takes the Obama administration to task over the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

The measure, offered by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) “expresses the sense of Congress that the persons and organizations who carried out the attacks on  the United States personnel in Benghazi … continue to pose a security threat to the United States and uncertainty regarding the authority of the president to use force to this end undermines his position as commander-in-chief,” according to a summary by the House Rules Committee.

Hunter’s amendment also requires the White House to submit a report detailing “identity and location of those who were involved in the attack, actions that have been taken to kill or capture them, and determination regarding whether the President has the authority to use force against the perpetrators.”

The measure was included in a bloc of 19 amendments to the annual defense policy bill, including one that asks the Pentagon to detail the crime against humanity committed by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram in Nigeria and another that affirms support for the U.S. nuclear triad.