SKELTON: Republican Intelligence Reform Omits Bipartisan 9/11 Commission Recommendations

For Immediate Release:

October 8, 2004

Contact:Laura Battles, Rep. Skelton
(202) 225-2876

WASHINGTON D.C.— Republicans decline to include key recommendations of the bipartisan  9/11 Commission in their intelligence reform legislation.

Representative Ike Skelton (MO), Ranking Member on the Armed Services Committee made the following statement:

            "Unfortunately, the Republican bill which passed the House was not the common sense answer to improving America's flawed intelligence system. A much better approach to this serious problem would have been to adopt the Democratic Menendez substitute bill, which lost on a vote of 203 to 213.

The substitute bill mirrored the legislation passed in the Senate by a vote of 96 to 2.  The Menendez substitute bill was supported by the White House, the 9-11 Commission, as well as the families of 9-11 victims. It provided for a National Intelligence Director with substantial power to budget and coordinate the various intelligence agencies.

With the passage of the House Republican bill, being so different from the Senate-passed bill, the likelihood of meaningful legislation being sent to the President for his signature soon is greatly diminished."