DearColleague.us

Letter

Sending Office: Honorable Stephen F. Lynch
Sent By:
James.Conway@mail.house.gov

Support Bipartisan Congressional Gold Medal Resolution to Honor Benghazi Heroes

Current Cosponsors (292) Rep. Susan A. Davis (D-CA), Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-CA), Rep. Brian J. Mast (R-FL),
Rep. Ralph Lee Abraham, M.D. (R-LA), Rep. Alma S. Adams (D-NC), Rep. Robert B. Aderholt (R-AL), Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NY), Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND), Rep. Jodey C. Arrington (R-TX), Rep. Cynthia Axne (D-IA), Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX), Rep. Don Bacon
(R-NE), Rep. Jim R. Baird (R-IN), Rep. Troy Balderson (R-OH), Rep. Any Barr (R-KY), Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI), Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Rep. Donald S. Beyer Jr. (D-VA), Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Rep. Gus M. Bilarakis (R-FL),
Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL), Rep. Brendan F. Boyle (D-PA), Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-NY), Rep. Susan W. Brooks (R-IN), Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA), Rep. Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN), Rep.
Ted Budd (R-NC), Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN), Rep. Michael C. Burgess (R-TX), Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA), Rep. Salud O. Carbajal (D-CA), Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA), Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN), Rep. Earl L. “Buddy”
Carter (R-GA), Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA), Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-RI), Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA), Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO), Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver II (D-MO), Rep. Michael Cloud (R-TX), Rep. Steve Cohen
(D-TN), Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), Rep. James Comer (R-KY), Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX), Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA), Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), Rep. J. Luis Correa (D-CA), Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA), Rep. TJ Cox
(D-CA), Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN), Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR), Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL), Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO), Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Rep. John Curtis (R-UT), Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Rep. Madeleine
Dean (D-PA), Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), Rep. Suzan K. DelBene (D-WA), Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA), Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN), Rep. Theodore E. Deutch (D-FL), Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Rep. Michael F. Doyle (D-PA), Rep.
Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN), Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-IA), Rep. Brian K. Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Rep. Charles J. “Chuck” Fleischman (R-TN), Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX), Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL), Rep. Russ Fulcher (R-ID),
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA), Rep. Jesus G. “Chuy” Garcia (D-IL), Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT), Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX), Rep.
Lance Gooden (R-TX), Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA), Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA), Rep. Mark E. Green (R-TN), Rep. H. Morgan Griffith (R-VA), Rep. Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ), Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI), Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA),
Rep. Jim Hagerdon (R-MN), Rep. Josh Harder (D-CA), Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD), Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Rep. Denny Heck (D-WA), Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK), Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA), Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY), Rep. J. French Hill (R-AR),
Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA), Rep. George Holding (R-NC), Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN), Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV), Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA), Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI), Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), Rep.
Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Rep. Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr. (D-GA), Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-NC), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Rep. David P. Joyce (R-OH), Rep. John Joyce, M.D. (R-PA), Rep. John Katko (R-NY), Rep. William R. Keating (D-MA), Rep. Fred Keller
(R-PA), Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA), Rep. Robin L. Kelly (D-IL), Rep. Trent Kelly (R-MS), Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA), Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI), Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ), Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick
(R-AZ), Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH), Rep. David Kustoff (R-TN), Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA), Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), Rep. James R. Langevin (D-RI), Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA), Rep. Robert E. Latta (R-OH),
Rep. Brenda L. Lawrence (D-MI), Rep. Susie Lee (D-NV), Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ), Rep. Mike Levin (D-CA), Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), Rep. Dave Loebseck (D-IA), Rep. Billy Long (R-MO), Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Rep. Sean
Patrick Maloney (D-NY), Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX), Rep. Roger Marshall M.D. (R-KS), Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), Rep. Ben McAdams (D-UT), Rep. Michael T. McCaul (R-TX), Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA), Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), Rep. James P. McGovern (D-MA), Rep.
David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV), Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), Rep. Dan Meuser (R-PA), Rep. Carol D. Miller (R-WV), Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-MI), Rep. John R. Moolenaar (R-MI),
Rep. Alexander X. Mooney (R-WV), Rep. Joseph D. Morelle (D-NY), Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), Rep. Greg Murphy (R-OR), Rep. Stephanie N. Murphy (D-FL), Rep. Richard E. Neal (D-MA), Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO), Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC), Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC),
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX), Rep. Steven M. Palazzo (R-MS), Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), Rep. Chris Pappas (D-NH), Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ),
Rep. Greg Pence (R-IN), Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA), Rep. Collin C. Peterson (D-MN), Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN), Rep. Stacey E. Plaskett (D-VI), Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA), Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL), Rep. David E. Price (D-NC), Rep. Aumua
Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-AS), Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Rep. Tom Ratcliffe (R-TX), Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA)
, Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC), Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA), Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL), Rep. David P. Roe, M.D. (R-TN), Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY),
Rep. John Rose (R-TN), Rep. Max Rose (D-NY), Rep. Harley Rouda (D-CA), Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX), Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL), Rep. John H. Rutherford (R-FL), Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), Rep. Linda T.
Sanchez (D-CA), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Rep. Bradley Scott Schneider (D-IL), Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OH), Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ), Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA), Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA), Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-WI), Rep. Jose E. Serrano
(D-NY), Rep. Terri A. Sewell (D-AL), Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE), Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO), Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA), Rep. Darren
Soto (D-FL), Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), Rep. Ross Spano (R-FL), Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), Rep. Pete Stauber (R-MN), Rep. Elise M. Stefanik (R-NY), Rep. Bryan Steil (R-WI), Rep. Gregory W. Steube (R-FL), Rep. Haley M. Stevens (D-MI), Rep. Chris Stewart
(R-UT), Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH), Rep. Thomas R. Suozzi (D-NY), Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA), Rep. Scott R. Tipton (R-CO), Rep. Paul D. Tonko (D-NY), Rep. Xochitl Torres
Small (D-NM), Rep. Lori Trahan (D-MA), Rep. David Trone (D-MD), Rep. Michael R. Turner (R-OH), Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), Rep. Jefferson Van Drew (R-NJ), Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO), Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC), Rep. Debbie
Walorski (R-IN), Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Rep. Randy K. Weber, Sr. (R-TX), Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL), Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AZ), Rep. Susan Wild (D-PA), Rep. Frederica
S. Wilson (D-FL), Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), Rep. Robert J. Wittman (R-VA), Rep. Ron Wright (R-TX), Rep. Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY)          

Dear Colleague:                                                             

In recognition of distinguished acts of bravery, leadership, and achievement that have an enduring impact on American history, Congress is authorized to bestow its highest civilian honor – the Congressional Gold Medal – on individuals whose contributions
and service to our nation stand as a testament to our founding principles.     

In view of the recent sixth year anniversary of the September 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate and classified annex in Benghazi, Libya, it is important that Congress recognize those brave individuals who sacrificed their lives to defend our great
nation and its values. To this end, we have introduced bipartisan legislation, H.R. 587, to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty, former
Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, and U.S. State Department officer Sean Smith in recognition of their lifetime commitment to the safety and security of the American people.

For over 20 years, Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens served his country through his remarkable career in the Foreign Service.  From his first assignment as a Consular/Economic Officer in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to his final assignment as U.S.
Ambassador to Libya, Ambassador Stevens never failed to evidence his dedication to upholding our most cherished democratic ideals across the globe.  During their decades of service as elite Navy SEALs with tours of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan,
and other overseas wartime deployments, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods embodied the Navy SEAL motto: “The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday.”  In continued service to our nation, they served as overseas security personnel
to ensure the safety of American diplomatic officials. Their bravery and leadership in defense of our diplomatic mission in Benghazi in 2012, and other dangerous diplomatic missions worldwide, will never be forgotten. As a former ground radio maintenance specialist
in the U.S. Air Force, Sean Smith served our nation with such distinction that he received the Air Force Commendation Medal.  He maintained his commitment to serving the American people throughout his subsequent career with the U.S. State
Department and across multiple deployments in Iraq, South Africa, and Libya.   

As noted by the bipartisan Congressional Research Service, when it has been “deemed appropriate…Congress has, by special action, provided for the creation of a personalized medal to be given in its name, which would in each instance truly record
the approbation of a grateful country
.”  The lifetime contributions, dedication, and service of Ambassador J. Christopher StevensGlen DohertyTyrone Woods, and Sean Smith more than
merit their posthumous receipt of this highest Congressional honor.

I encourage you to consider cosponsoring this important bipartisan legislation to honor these true American heroes. If you would like to cosponsor H.R. 587 or have any questions regarding this legislation, please feel free to contact James Conway of my staff
at James.Conway@mail.house.gov or X58273.  Thank you for your consideration.

 

Sincerely,

 

STEPHEN F. LYNCH 

Member of Congress       

 

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, Government, Homeland Security, Intelligence, Labor, Veterans

icon eDC logo e-Dear Colleague version 2.0
 
e-Dear Colleagues are intended for internal House use only.