Katie Grant, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the passage of H.Res. 786, honoring the four United States public servants who died in Libya and condemning the attacks on United States diplomatic facilities in Libya, Egypt, and Yemen:
“The resolution passed by the House today honors the memory of the Americans who died in last week’s attack in Benghazi and reaffirms our bipartisan commitment to the dedicated civilians who serve America overseas. It also demonstrates our continued support for Libya’s ongoing democratic transition.
“Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty represented the best of America, and they will surely continue to inspire others to serve their country, advance U.S. interests, and promote the cause of democracy and human rights abroad for years to come. My prayers and thoughts continue to be with their families during this difficult time. As we mourn their loss, we are also committed to ensuring that those who perpetrated this heinous attack on our facilities and personnel be held accountable.
“As a cosponsor of this resolution, I join in expressing the hopes of all Americans that the people of Libya can achieve the freedom from violence they deserve and ultimately build a society that rests on a foundation of tolerance.”