House appropriators on Monday unveiled a spending bill that increases funding for embassy security by $2 billion in the wake of last year’s attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
An independent State Department review of the attack called for a “more serious and sustained commitment from Congress” to address security deficiencies at high-risk posts around the world. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans died in the attack.
The State Department and foreign operations provision “supports the full fiscal year 2013 request and increased security needs identified after the Benghazi attack,” according to a statement from the House Appropriations Committee.
It also requires the administration to tell Congress what its security needs are and what the new additional money would fund. The bill is expected to clear the House this week; the Senate could take up its own spending bill later this week or next.