Dec 08 2004

Statement from U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham on the Intelligence Reform Bill

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) made the following statement after the Senate passed the Intelligence Reform Bill by a vote of 89-2. “The intelligence reform bill passed today is a responsible step in the right direction and will help correct some of the deficiencies in our intelligence programs. “I am pleased Congress and the White House have worked together to produce a bill that will provide substantive improvements to our nation’s intelligence community. The bill incorporates the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission and has protections to ensure our men and women in uniform have the best intelligence available to fight the War on Terror. “The legislation introduces a new level of accountability and central authority into our intelligence community. It will also promote the dissemination of information among federal agencies that was lacking before 9/11. It is not a cure for all the problems facing the country, but it is a good start off of which we can build. “The concerns raised with regard to immigration reform are legitimate. We need to address those issues early in the next Congress.” ####