U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, MI-08, issued the following statement after the House passed his bill (H.R. 1892) that authorizes the 2012 funding and mission for the 16 different agencies across the U.S. government that comprise the Intelligence Community.
"This bill is a result of extensive bi-partisan cooperation. It is a vital tool for Congressional oversight of the Intelligence Community's classified activities, and is critical to ensuring that our intelligence agencies have the resources and authorities they need to do their important work. Passing an annual intelligence authorization bill is vital to keeping the laws governing our intelligence operations up to date.
"The 2012 bill sustains our current intelligence capabilities and provides for the development of future capabilities, all while achieving significant savings. The U.S. Intelligence Community plays a critical role in the war on terrorism and securing the country from the many other threats we face. Effective and aggressive Congressional oversight is essential to ensuring continued success in the Intelligence Community. Given our current budget deficit and massive national debt, we worked to keep funding below the levels authorized and appropriated last year and significantly below the President's budget request without impacting national security."
The bill, authored by Rogers, now goes to the President to be signed into law.