Monday, 05 May 2014 07:47



By Lisa Piraneo, Director of Government Relations

Over the last year-and-a-half, ACT! for America mobilized a nationwide effort in support of a special Benghazi congressional committee to investigate the 9/11 attack that killed four Americans, including a U.S. Ambassador. Brigitte Gabriel had set this issue as a top priority for our organization.

We worked closely with Congressman Frank Wolf, who introduced resolution H. Res. 36, which creates such a special committee.

After over 18 months of sustained pressure on federal legislators by you and our other 280,000 grassroots activists – including thousands of office visits, phone calls and e-mails to members of the U.S. Congress – over 80 percent of House Republicans cosponsored this bill.

Last Friday House Speaker Boehner announced that he will convene a special Benghazi committee.

ACT! for America’s strength continues to grow on Capitol Hill and the U.S. Congress recognizes our impact on national security matters like this one. In fact, shortly after the Speaker’s announcement, Congressman Wolf issued the following public statement:

  Today, Speaker Boehner announced that the House will vote on legislation to create a Select Committee to investigate the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi. Over the last year-and-a-half many voices have joined mine to see the achievement of this important milestone. One of the largest and loudest of those voices has been ACT! for America, whose 280,000 grassroots members worked tirelessly on this matter. Their efforts back home in their towns and communities resulted in a groundswell of congressional support for a special committee and today, over 80 percent of House Republicans support my Benghazi resolution as cosponsors. ACT! for America is a shining example of what can be achieved when individual Americans speak together with one voice.

As Ronald Reagan famously said, “When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.Thanks to you, we turned the Benghazi heat on HIGH and let me assure you, Capitol Hill has felt it. We consider the Speaker’s announcement last week to be one of our biggest victories, to date.

But what happens now?

While we applaud Speaker Boehner for listening to the American people, we also realize that, while we may have won this particular skirmish, the fight to get to the bottom of the Benghazi attack continues.

The specifics of the special committee will be determined during the coming days and I will carefully be watching as plans progress. I expect more political shenanigans and drama. There is still much work to do and it is important that our elected officials understand our continued resolve. They must know that ACT! for America will keep the heat on until those accountable for the Benghazi attack – both here in the U.S and abroad – are brought to justice. Further, that we will not rest until processes are put in place to assure that something like this never happens again. I will continue to keep you apprised of this constantly evolving issue, so please watch for future updates and action alerts.

Again, I thank you. I may be the “every day face” of ACT! for America on Capitol Hill, but I am powerless without you and without the other 280,000 patriots that make up the powerful engine of our organization.

Sometimes our victories will take time, as the creation of a Benghazi committee has, but you can be sure that if we continue to work together, more achievements are up ahead. Together we ARE making a difference.


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