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Posted at 07:50 AM ET, 09/13/2012

Congress honors Libya victims


In this April 11, 2011 photo, then U.S. envoy J. Christopher Stevens, center, accompanied by British envoy Christopher Prentice, left, speaks to Suleiman Fortia, a member od the Libyan National Transition Council member, at the Tibesty Hotel in Benghazi, Libya. (Ben Curtis - AP)
Lawmakers paused Wednesday to honor the four Americans killed in Libya just hours after they died.

Late Wednesday the Senate passed a resolution cosponsored by Sens. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) that commended the victims and condemned the violent attack.

“It’s easy for a lot of people to forget that our diplomats are on the front lines of the world’s most dangerous places and they’re there trying to make the world a safer and better place at great risk to themselves and their families,” Kerry said.

Lugar noted that J. Christopher Stevens, the slain U.S. ambassador to Libya, had worked as a staffer on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2006 and 2007.

“I benefitted greatly from his knowledge and insightful counsel on a wide array of Middle East issues,” Lugar said. “Chris quickly developed close friendships with our staff that endured after he returned to the State Department. It was obvious to those of us who worked with him that he was a rising star who would be entrusted with important missions in the future.”

In the House, members observed a moment of silence for Stevens, Sean Smith and two other Americans killed at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) also ordered all U.S. flags at the U.S. Capitol to be lowered to half-staff.

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