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Ed Royce

Report could speed up diplomatic training center in Va.

State Department officials are hoping a soon-to-be released report will help end wrangling in Congress that has delayed construction on a diplomatic security training center at a National Guard base in Virginia. Construction on the first phase of the facility at Fort Pickett, 50 miles southwest of Richmond, Virginia, was set to begin Aug. 1 with a completion date set for 2019. State Department officials have put that work on hold while they respond to Congressional requests for information. An independent review panel recommended a consolidated diplomatic training facility in the United States to replace training conducted at 11 separate sites, after an attack in 2012 on the U.S. consulate...