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Hope Fades for Intelligence Bill Compromise Soon

Lawmakers yesterday abandoned efforts to pass legislation restructuring the U.S. intelligence system before Tuesday’s election, with some warning that it may be impossible to reach an agreement even in time for a lame-duck session in mid-November, according to lawmakers and staff members. The four chief House and Senate negotiators failed once again to reach agreement on the extent of budget powers to grant to a new national intelligence director, as part of a major reorganization of the intelligence community. Although both sides vowed to keep talks going, there no longer was a sense of urgency to complete their work before the election, as the White House and congressional leaders had vowed to do after the commission that studied the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks released its report and recommendations this summer.Full Story

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