Congress begins negotiations on intelligence reform bills

US House and Senate conferees have begun negotiating an intelligence reform bill implementing the recommendations of the 9-11 Commission. Conference panel members have been asked to stay in Washington through the weekend in hopes of reaching an agreement on the legislation before the November election. As previously reported on JURIST's Paper Chase, the Senate passed the National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004 in early October, which incorporates most of the 9-11 Commission's recommendations. Two days later, the House passed the 9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act (as reported on Paper Chase), which calls for a weaker intelligence director and contains controversial provisions on immigration issues. The 9-11 Commission's recommendations are available here. The White House has posted a position paper [PDF] on the legislation. US House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner made this statement at yesterday's meeting. The San Francisco Chronicle has more.

 

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