WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement after he and other members of the Congressional leadership met with President George Bush at the White House this morning to discuss reform of the U.S. intelligence capabilities, as recommended by the 9/11 Commission:
“This morning I joined other Congressional leaders and President Bush at the White House to discuss reform of our intelligence capabilities. This bipartisan meeting was a welcome change from the normally divisive and partisan Washington atmosphere.
“President Bush and Congress have a duty to act decisively in a bipartisan manner before Congress adjourns for the November election on this issue of paramount importance to our nation.
“The public must see that Congress is acting in the best interest of America – without partisan divisions – just as the 9/11 Commission did. If Congress does not act with that same openly non-partisan manner, Americans will think that the reforms are no more than a political band-aid to make the Majority party well on Election Day.
“The three-year anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks this Saturday is a solemn reminder that it is incumbent upon our nation’s leaders to dedicate ourselves to reform our intelligence capabilities and improve security here at home and abroad.
“I look forward to working with the leadership of both parties in the coming months as we join together to strengthen America’s intelligence system, so that we can create a safer and more secure world, at home and abroad.”