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Senate passes Leahy bill to improve embassy security

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The U.S. Senate has passed a bill sponsored by Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy that will beef up security at U.S. embassies.

The bill comes in the aftermath of last September's assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

The Senate bill would transfer $1.1 billion for upped security from a surplus of funds that are no longer needed in Iraq. The Senate passed a similar measure in December, but it was tied to a Hurricane Sandy relief bill and House Republicans dropped the embassy funding out of the bill. It's unclear whether the House will support the stand-alone bill.

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