Clinton: Nobody more committed to security

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DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is facing tough questions in her long-awaited congressional testimony concerning the assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

Secretary Clinton is telling Congress that she is committed to improving security at U.S. diplomatic missions worldwide after the Sept. 11 raid on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya.

Clinton, in probably her last appearance on Capitol Hill as secretary of state, said she is determined to leave the department and country "safer, stronger and more secure."

She told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday that no one is more committed to "getting this right."

She was testifying about the deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

She was referring to implementing the 29 recommendations of an independent review board that was highly critical of the State Department.

Clinton is the sole witness Wednesday at back-to-back hearings before the Senate and House foreign policy panels on the September raid, an independent panel's review that harshly criticized the State Department and the steps the Obama administration is taking to beef up security at U.S. facilities worldwide.

She had been scheduled to testify before Congress last month, but an illness, a concussion and a blood clot near her brain forced her to postpone her appearance.

AP

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