Dec 08 2004

SHELBY COMMENTS ON PASSAGE OF INTELLIGENCE REFORM BILL

Senate, House Passes Intelligence Reform Bill; On to President for Signature

U. S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), former Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, commented today on the passage of the Conference Report to accompany S. 2845, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 89- 2 and will now head to the President’s desk, which he is expected to sign into law.

“I am pleased that we have finally passed intelligence reform after months of debate and deliberation. I believe this is a good bill, and I was pleased to support it. This bill includes a number of important provisions including the creation of a new Director of National Intelligence (DNI), immigration reforms, and the development of a National Counterterrorism Center to collect and analyze intelligence. While I had hoped that this bill would give the DNI a cabinet-level position with more control and strict budgetary authority, I believe this legislation is an important step forward and an improvement over our current system.”