Rep. Trey Radel introduces his first bill – Protecting Americans Abroad Act

US Representative Trey Radel

US Representative Trey Radel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Trey Radel, a Foreign Affairs Committee member, introduced his first bill, the Protecting Americans Abroad Act.

The act authorizes the State Department to use the “best-value contracting” award method in high-risk areas to ensure the safety of American men and women serving our country abroad. Currently, the State Department is mandated to utilize the cheapest, most inexpensive security available in some of the most dangerous parts of the world, according to a news release from the congressman's office.

The Act comes at no additional cost to the taxpayer. Instead, it allows the State Department to use its budget more efficiently to better protect Americans abroad, according to the release.

The legislation was specifically requested by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in her testimony on Benghazi to the committee, Radel said.

“The staff that serve us abroad are often present and needed most in unstable and hostile regions where security is critical – that is why I introduced the Protecting Americans Abroad Act," he said in the release. "With questions still lingering around the attack in Benghazi, the Protecting Americans Abroad act gives the State Department the necessary tools to ensure what happened there never happens again and to keep Americans serving us safe from harm.”

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