February 04, 2005

Crapo Supports Intelligence Improvements

Senate bill passes overwhelmingly

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted with the 96-2 majority today as the Senate approved an overhaul of the nationâ??s intelligence gathering systems, including the establishment of a national intelligence director. The changes come in response to the September 11 commission report calling for reforms. The bill now goes to the U.S. House. â??With todayâ??s vote, the Senate has taken steps to dramatically improve and reform the way our nation collects and processes intelligence and other information,â?? Crapo said. â??Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, much has been done administratively to address the needs of coordinating and streamlining our intelligence collection and analysis processes. And with the detailed recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, a number of additional and important concepts have been further outlined. The legislation passed by the Senate takes needed steps to restructure and better coordinate our intelligence gathering and analysis. With threats to our national security and the American people such a real and demonstrated issue, it is critical that Congress act decisively and effectively to improve the combined efforts of our intelligence community.â?? # # #