House, Senate panels seek better embassy security

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Measures to bolster security at U.S. embassies are moving forward in Congress.

The bills are in response to the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee backed a bill Thursday to set up a central training center for diplomatic security personnel. It would also allow new embassy construction and Arabic language training.

And the House Foreign Affairs Committee authorized full security funding for diplomatic missions. That's despite recommending a 9 percent cut overall for State Department operations.

The House and Senate have already approved spending bills that cover embassy security. But their budgets differ markedly in other areas.