For Immediate Release:
September 30, 2010
(202) 225 - 3130
(202) 225 - 3130
WASHINGTON, DC - Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) issued the following statement after the House passed the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, the first Intelligence Authorization bill to be passed since 2004.
“I am pleased the House passed the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010; it now goes to President Obama to become law. The passage of this legislation—the first Intelligence Authorization bill to be passed since 2004—is a major step to strengthen our national security. The bill continues policies that are working to help keep America safe from terrorist attack. It also strengthens oversight of our intelligence community. While this community deserves the support of Congress, it also requires direction from Congress, and this bill provides it.
“The bill creates an independent inspector general with responsibility for the entire intelligence community; reforms the briefing process for the ‘Gang of Eight’ (the bipartisan leadership of both chambers and their intelligence committees), ensuring that the full membership of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees are informed when briefings occur, and making the briefing available to all members of the committee six months after the initial briefing; provides for the development of a framework that will enable the Government Accountability Office to conduct proper oversight of intelligence activities; and reforms the intelligence community’s acquisition process to avoid waste of taxpayer money.
“This bill passed the Senate with unanimous support from both parties. I agree with Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chair Kit Bond: this bill is ‘important for the success of our intelligence collection efforts and equally important for ensuring sound oversight by the Intelligence Committee….It is well past time that Congress sent an intelligence authorization bill to the President for his signature. Only by fulfilling our legislative function will we get back on track with performing effective and much-needed intelligence oversight.’ I thank the members of the House Intelligence Committee, especially Chairman Silvestre Reyes and his staff, for their hard work in writing and securing support for this legislation. It is another contribution to Democrats’ strong and responsible leadership on national security, and I look forward to President Obama signing the bill into law.”