By Alexander Bolton - 05/15/14 01:58 PM EDT
Thirty-seven Republican senators have written a letter pressing Senate Majority Harry ReidHarry ReidBlack Caucus demands Flint funding from GOP Report: Intelligence officials probing Trump adviser's ties to Russia White House preps agencies for possible shutdown MORE (D-Nev.) to create a select Senate committee to probe the 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi.
Republicans led by Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamOvernight Finance: McConnell offers 'clean' funding bill | Dems pan proposal | Flint aid, internet measure not included | More heat for Wells Fargo | New concerns on investor visas Senators buck spending bill over Export-Import Bank Pelosi pans latest GOP stopgap spending offer MORE (R-S.C.) say Reid should reconsider his decision not to establish a special investigative committee as Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerRepublican Study Committee elders back Harris for chairman Dems to GOP: Help us fix ObamaCare The disorderly order of presidential succession MORE (R-Ohio) has authorized in the House.
The Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on Benghazi in January, and Reid has said he does not plan to authorize a special committee to further review the matter.
Republicans argue the intelligence panel’s report was constrained by its limited jurisdictional authority.
“Unfortunately, congressional oversight committee action has been largely confined to jurisdictional bounds,” the GOP lawmakers wrote. “As a result, the committees only have a partial view of the facts.”
House Democrats have balked at participating on the special panel set up this month by BoehnerJohn BoehnerRepublican Study Committee elders back Harris for chairman Dems to GOP: Help us fix ObamaCare The disorderly order of presidential succession MORE, insisting that its membership should be evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans.
Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzCruz: Trump hasn't apologized for personal insults Cruz says he forgives Trump for attacks on family Why Cruz flipped on Trump MORE (R-Texas) has lobbied his colleagues to create a Senate-House select committee focused on Benghazi, introducing a resolution establishing such a panel last year.
Democrats rejected a unanimous consent request Cruz made on the floor Monday to set it up.