House to Cut State Dept. Funds by 15% if Hillary’s Emails Not Released

From:,  by Ryan Burnside ,  on Jun 4, 2015,  see the article HERE.


It looks like the jig is up for President Barack Obama’s State Department and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s attempt to stall the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

If House Republicans are able to pull it off, a staggering 15 percent of funding will be withheld from the House Appropriations Committee’s State and Foreign Operations bill for the 2016 fiscal year– funding that they can’t afford to lose — unless “requirements related to proper management of Freedom of Information Act and electronic communications are met,” according to a statement.

Recently, GOP members of the House threatened to take away funding from the State Department if it didn’t comply with numerous requests for Clinton’s emails from while she was head of the State Department — and it looks like those were definitely not empty threats.

In May, the State Department released a paltry 300 emails from her personal email account that were housed on a private server in Clinton’s New York State residence.

They proposed releasing the remainder of the emails in batches every 60 days until they were all made available, all 55,000 of them, by January of 2016.

But that’s not even close to being acceptable, according to multiple members of the House.

“The frustration continues. We continue to try to persuade the State Department to give us information,” said Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, one of seven Republicans on the House Select Committee on Benghazi (H/T Newsmax).

The best way to get anyone’s attention in Washington is by threatening to take away funding, so it appears that House Republicans have shaken up the Obama administration with their plan.

It seems as if Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., has more friends in Congress than the State Department counted on. One way or another, he’ll soon get to the bottom of what went wrong in Benghazi and will uncover exactly what Clinton has been trying so hard to hide.

At this point, it’s only a matter of time.


Of course, it remains to be seen if the House threat is a bluff or a reality.

Based on past history, there’s a good chance that it’s a bluff and with the democrats knowing that history, the State Department will probably ignore the demand. If the House follows up with a “we really mean it this time” directive to State, I’d expect State to raise the stakes and call the House’s bluff.  If the House turns up a 2-3-5-7-9 hand of mixed suites, it’ll confirm the inept, impotent, fecklessness of the House Republicans (again, for all the world to see).

If, on the other hand, Gowdy and the other Republicans can really move ahead with an honest-to-goodness cut of 15% to State’s funding, all hell will break loose and, as if by magic, emails will begin to materialize out of the ether and flood the committee with reading material. More importantly, it would finally establish that a few House members still have testicles and the gumption to stand up for something when it counted (an unfamiliar concept to Speaker Boehner).

Stay tuned for a postgame analysis when we see what happens!




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7 Responses to House to Cut State Dept. Funds by 15% if Hillary’s Emails Not Released

  1. Hardnox says:

    Good. Bluff or not, this is a good start. I’m not holding my breath on this but will remain optimistic that the House will use their Constitutional powers for a change.

  2. Uriel says:

    I am not familiar with procedures, can the house legally withhold funds and Not require signature by O? If so this works, if not, then useless. At least they can say they are attempting to fight as people want but rather hard to do like a shot fired in the dark.

  3. Uriel says:

    Like contempt charges, I see Congress as really powerless to make lawful observations or actions with teeth.

  4. Kathy says:

    Agreed that could be some great leverage, but I’ll believe it when I see it, because I don’t think Boehner will back them up. He’s bent over for O way too many times in the past.

    Plus I’ll never forget when Paul Ryan was running with Romney and he said not to worry about o’care because the House could defund it. We all know how that ended.

  5. Buck says:

    I’m afraid somewhere in Boehner’s past is something the Democrat PI’s have uncovered and he is so afraid of it being made public he will dance to the Democrat tune for the rest of his political career.
    I think in other circles that would be considered extortion or blackmail.
    But in DC it is just politics as usual.

  6. Clyde says:

    It’s a bluff. Boehner don’t want the photos of him and the small farmyard animals released. Why just 15 % ? How about a number that would REALLY get their attention. Like 95 % .