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Pelosi calls for new intelligence spending oversight

By Josh Richman
Thursday, December 14th, 2006 at 10:55 am in Barbara Lee, General, Mike Honda, Nancy Pelosi, U.S. House.

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…

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