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Rep. Welch explains his secret trip to Libya

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch says security at American diplomatic facilities overseas is greatly improved since the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last year.

Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in a terrorist attack. Republicans have criticized the Obama administration for failing to keep Americans safe and for covering up the security failures.

On a secret trip to Libya earlier this month, Congressman Welch got a look at the kind of security upgrades that are being implemented at embassies. But he questions if that's enough.

"Security has been significantly improved, but the question it also raises is at what point do you need so much security that you inhibit our diplomats from doing their job? And frankly, I think that's a question we've got to focus on. It may be at certain places at certain times the situation is so dangerous we just shouldn't have people there," said Welch, D-Vermont.

Welch says he does not think that is the case currently in Libya.

The House oversight delegation also visited Egypt on the trip to learn more about political unrest there.

You can hear more about Welch's trip Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. on You Can Quote Me on WCAX.

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