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Hostage rescue bill advances as part of Defense Department funding law

Hostage rescue bill advances as part of Defense Department funding law

Rep. John Delaney's proposal to appoint a senior official with responsibility for rescuing Americans captured by terrorists overseas will move forward as part of a Defense Department funding measure. The House of Representatives agreed to tack the provision onto the spending bill by a voice vote Thursday evening. Delaney has been working on the idea since Warren Weinstein, one of his constituents and an aid worker in Pakistan, was taken hostage by al-Qaida. Weinstein, 73, was killed along with an Italian hostage earlier this year when a U.S. drone strike unknowingly hit the terrorist compound where he was being killed, prompting Delaney...

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