Senate approves Goss as new CIA head

The US Senate has approved President Bush's nomination of Representative Porter Goss as the new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Senate confirmation, by a 77-17 vote, came after six hours of debate where Democrats questioned whether Goss would be politically objective in a job that requires independence.

Goss is a former CIA and Army intelligence officer and currently chairs the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Read a transcript of President Bush's remarks nominating Goss. AP has more.

 

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