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12/6/04-Washington, D.C.

Intelligence Reform Bill

President Bush is pushing to pass an Intelligence Reform Bill before lawmakers adjourn for the year.

The legislation which is stalled in Congress would create a National Director of Intelligence to oversee the 15 agencies of the U.S. intelligence community.

The President's attempt to break a political stalemate on the bill has been met by resistance from powerful house republican lawmakers who want changes in its current version.

Their focus is on measures regarding illegal immigration that some call too loose. They're also concerned that creating a new post for a National Intelligence Director would take too much control away from the military. Now, opponents of the bill are pledging to put up a fight.

Meanwhile, last week, President Bush spoke with two top Congressional leaders about trying to get the bill passed.

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