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Congresswoman McCollum’s Statement in Response to Killing of U.S. Diplomats in Libya

September 12, 2012
Press Release

For Immediate Release:  September 12, 2012                                        
Contact:  Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149

Washington, DC – The killing of four State Department officials in Libya, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, was condemned today by Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN).  The diplomats died following a violent attack by an armed mob on the American Consulate in Benghazi in response to an anti-Muslim video circulated on the internet.

Congresswoman McCollum issued the following statement:

“The only response to the killing of U.S. diplomats in Libya can be a strong condemnation of the murderous violence and an expression of tremendous sorrow for the loss of four courageous Americans.  Every day around the world, thousands of U.S. diplomats serve our nation, bravely represent American values, and selflessly engage on our behalf in places both friendly and hostile.  I honor the service, courage, and sacrifice of the four diplomats killed. I extend my sincerest condolences to their families and friends.

“At a time of national grief, it is distasteful and undignified to hear a candidate for the White House criticizing President Obama and the actions of diplomats as hostile crowds threaten our embassy.  Now is a time to stand together as Americans and remember those who have sacrificed their lives for our country.”

Congresswoman Betty McCollum serves on the House Appropriations and Budget Committees.