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Legislative Update for October 12, 2012

By October 15, 2012Legislative Updates
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Congress Holds Hearing on Benghazi

This week, despite Congress officially being out of session, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing tackling security failures in Benghazi. Four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, lost their lives in a terrorist attack on the anniversary of September 11 in Benghazi, Libya.

Republicans and Democrats flew back to the Capitol to question senior military and state department officials. The administration initially claimed – for quite some time – that an anti-Islamic YouTube video was the cause of the attack; however, as details have unfolded, it is clear it was a terrorist attack, and it was equally clear that they knew it.

Shinya Yamanaka Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

This week, Japanese scientist Shinya Yamanaka was honored for introducing his ethical work in the field of induced pluripotent stem cell research.Yamanaka discovered how to reprogram mature stem cells to avoid destroying an embryo.

Despite Yamanaka’s discovery, President Obama still chose to disregard human life.He lifted President Bush’s restrictions on destructive embryonic stem cell research, opening the door for federal funding.This despite the fact that it has not helped a single patient.