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Senate Creates Intelligence Group

August 25, 2004|From Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Senate leaders Tuesday named a bipartisan working group to create better ways for the chamber to oversee the nation's intelligence and domestic security agencies.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Democratic leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) said it would begin immediately.

The Sept. 11 commission said Congress must provide better oversight of intelligence and counterterrorism agencies.

"This is an opportunity for us in the Senate to prove that there really are no turf battles here and no protection of personal interests, but that our paramount goal is to do the work we are charged with doing to make this country safer," Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said.

The working group includes GOP Sens. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Collins, John W. Warner of Virginia, Trent Lott and Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Pat Roberts of Kansas, Ted Stevens of Alaska, Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, John McCain and Jon Kyl of Arizona and Richard G. Lugar of Indiana.

The Democrats are Sens. Harry Reid of Nevada, Joe Lieberman and Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, Carl Levin of Michigan, John D. "Jay" Rockefeller IV and Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, Richard Durbin of Illinois, Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware and Patty Murray of Washington.

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