Washington, DC – The Collins-Lieberman National Intelligence Reform Act has earned praise from President Bush. The U.S. Senate passed the legislation yesterday by a vote of 96 to 2. The Collins-Lieberman Act represents the most sweeping overhaul of the nation’s intelligence community since the Central Intelligence Agency was created in 1947.
The 9/11 Commission and family members of 9/11 victims have also endorsed the bill.
The following is a statement released by the White House:
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
“I commend the Senate for acting in a bipartisan way to pass landmark legislation that will help us meet our goal to better protect the American people by strengthening the Intelligence Community. The National Intelligence Reform Act is consistent with my proposal to establish a strong National Intelligence Director with full budget authority and the new National Counterterrorism Center. America is a Nation at war, and this legislation is another important step forward as we do everything in our power to defeat the terrorist enemy and protect the American people. I urge the House to act quickly so that Congress can resolve any differences and send legislation to me as soon as possible.”