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12/8/04-Capitol Hill

Senate Prepares For Final Passage Of Compromise Intelligence Bill

Congress is nearing final passage of a bill to overhaul the nation's intelligence system.

After weeks of wrangling, a compromise version cleared the House yesterday by a vote of 336 to 75. A Senate vote is expected this afternoon. Some House Republicans had stalled action, worried the legislation would interfere with getting intelligence directly to troops in the field.

If the Senate approves, the intelligence bill would go to President Bush. A White House spokesman says Bush "greatly looks forward" to signing it.

The measure represents the biggest shake-up of U-S intelligence since the creation of the C-I-A after World War Two. It would create a new national intelligence director and contains a number of anti-terrorism provisions, including new border and aviation security safeguards.

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