Senate GOP presses Reid to launch Benghazi special panel

Thirty-seven Republican senators have written a letter pressing Senate Majority Harry ReidHarry ReidSay NO to PROMESA, say NO to Washington overreach Overnight Finance: Wall Street awaits Brexit result | Clinton touts biz support | New threat to Puerto Rico bill? | Dodd, Frank hit back McConnell quashes Senate effort on guns 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 GrahamBipartisan gun measure survives test vote Senate Republicans may defy NRA on guns Hacked computer network mysteriously back online MORE (R-S.C.) say Reid should reconsider his decision not to establish a special investigative committee as Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerCameras go dark during House Democrats' sit-in Rubio flies with Obama on Air Force One to Orlando Juan Williams: The capitulation of Paul Ryan MORE (R-Ohio) has authorized in the House.

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“Congressional oversight is crucial to understanding what happened before, during, and after the attacks, so we can be sure we do everything in our power to prevent future attacks,” the lawmakers wrote.

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 BoehnerCameras go dark during House Democrats' sit-in Rubio flies with Obama on Air Force One to Orlando Juan Williams: The capitulation of Paul Ryan MORE, insisting that its membership should be evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans.

Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzVa. GOP delegate files lawsuit over bound convention votes Our most toxic export: American politick 'Never Trump' group ad compares Trump to Reagan 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.