Republicans are challenging a host of statements made by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Democratic allies during Wednesday’s heated Libya testimony — claiming that complaints about a lack of funding are bogus and questioning the secretary’s insistence she never saw urgent cables warning about the danger of an attack.

The questions come as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee begins its confirmation hearing for Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who was tapped to replace Clinton at the department.

One issue that may come up is the department’s funding. Assertions that State Department posts are left vulnerable because Congress has decided not to fully fund security requests pervaded Wednesday’s hearings.

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