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Pelosi calls for new intelligence spending oversight

pelosi12-14-06.jpgHouse Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, held a news conference this morning to discuss her priorities for the first 100 days of the 110th Congress, and to propose creation of a Select Intelligence Oversight Panel within the House Appropriations Committee.

This panel, she said, will have “the responsibility to hold hearings, to consider the budget for intelligence… its purpose is to protect the American people with the best possible intelligence, recognizing the role that Congress plays in all of this, and it is to bring the House Intelligence Committee and the authorizing committee closer together, which was one of the criticisms of the 9/11 Commission of congressional oversight, one I know well as one who has served on both panels.”

No word on membership yet, but as we report in today’s editions, Pelosi on Wednesday named Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, and Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose, to Appropriations, a powerful purse-strings committee on which the Bay Area previously held no seats. Wonder whether one of them will get a seat on this new panel, too…

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.