Week In Politics: From Energy Efficiency To Benghazi07:09

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Last week, the Republican-controlled U.S. House voted to establish a select committee to investigate the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi that left four Americans dead.

House Democrats are divided over whether to participate in the probe, which many see as a political stunt preceding this fall’s midterm election and the 2016 presidential race. However, the investigation could have political consequences for both parties.

Also this week in politics, a bipartisan energy efficiency bill has been caught up in the Keystone XL pipeline dispute. Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid used parliamentary measures to block amendments to the bill, including a measure that would approve construction of the proposed Keystone pipeline.

NPR’s Senior Politics Editor Ron Elving discusses these and other stories from this week in politics, with Here & Now's Robin Young.


This segment aired on May 12, 2014.