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Senator Murray Votes to Reform National Intelligence Services

Oct 06 2004

Bill Includes Recommendations from Bipartisan 9/11 Commission

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray voted for the National Intelligence Reform Bill passed by the Senate by a vote of 96-2. The bill will now move to a joint House-Senate Conference Committee.



Senator Murray released the following statement:



"I strongly support the intelligence reform bill. The 9-11 Commission worked incredibly hard in a bipartisan manner to identify how to better protect our country from terrorism. They've given us a roadmap to protect our people, and we should move forward with it promptly.



In their report, the commissioners said we need clear direction for our country's intelligence community. They stressed better coordination as a key area where we can make the greatest difference. This bill does that, it has bipartisan support, and we need to get it signed into law.



As a member of both the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee and the Senate's 9-11 Working Group, I've looked closely at these challenges. And over the past few years, I've worked closely with the Department of Homeland Security, including the Coast Guard, FBI, TSA, Border Patrol, as well as the National Guard and local law enforcement throughout Washington state. Through our work together, I have learned first hand the difficulties they face every day in defending our country.



I especially want to commend the September 11th families who bravely stood up and spoke out in favor of creating the commission. They forced our government to fully examine the terrorist attacks and to find ways to make our people safer. Their brave advocacy has made a difference. This is an important step toward achieving a truly integrated national effort in the global war on terror. I am proud to support it."