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Intelligence Bill Slipping Away, but Foe Won't Budge

President Bush has personally lobbied him. Families of the Sept. 11 victims have publicly blamed him. But with time running out for Congress to enact a bill this year that would put a single official in charge of the nation’s intelligence agencies, Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) is standing firm in opposition.As head of the House Judiciary Committee, Sensenbrenner is one of two powerful chairmen who defied the White House and their own GOP leadership to scuttle a compromise — approved by a House-Senate conference committee — during last month’s lame-duck session. With a reputation for stubbornness, he is widely expected to hang tough next week, when the 2004 Congress returns for one last try at passing the bill this year.Full Story

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