Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) may be on his last few months on Capitol Hill, but he is working to make sure the heroes who died in Benghazi, Libya, receive the honor they deserve.
On September 11, 2012, the Islamic militant group Ansar al-Sharia targeted the United States Embassy in Benghazi.
During the attack, four Americans were killed.
Chris Stevens was serving as the United States ambassador to Libya. He was based in Tripoli, but he was staying at the facility in Benghazi during the attack. U.S. foreign information officer Sean Smith was working with Stevens at the time of the attack.
Two CIA operatives, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, were working security in the area. Both men were Navy SEALs.
While the Benghazi attacks quickly became politicized because of the inaction by former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Gowdy believes that awarding those who died isn’t about politics at all.
Gowdy has been leading the charge to ensure that Smith, Doherty, Woods, and Stevens receive Congress’ highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal.
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“On the heroism and the patriotism and the service and the sacrifice of those four men, Congress is unified. We can debate the decisions made in Washingon on September 11 and 12 of 2012, but the actions taken in Libya were heroic, and they deserve to be recognized with Congress’ highest award — and that’s bipartisan and it’s apolitical, which is why you have Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and I agreeing in full force that these four men ought to be recognized by our country.”
Although the bill’s passage is not set in stone, it has 250 cosponsors who have given it their approval. According to Gowdy, the bill would pass with flying colors, but it needs to be prioritized.
Past Congressional Gold Medal recipients include former President George Washington, Winston Churchill, Walt Disney, Rosa Parks, and Jesse Owens.