U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), Roy Blunt (R-Miss.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.), members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today announced that they have introduced a bipartisan joint resolution that would designate July 26 as United States Intelligence Professionals Day to honor intelligence officers, past and present, for their service and professionalism. On July 26, 1947 President Harry Truman signed into law the National Security Act of 1947, which created the intelligence community and still governs its activities. Senators Mikulski and Warner previously introduced the legislation in the 112th Congress.
"Intelligence professionals serve our country in anonymity knowing that most of the work they do to protect our freedom will never be made public," Senator Mikulski said. "They are unsung heroes who risk their lives and even give their lives fighting terrorists and those who wish to do this country harm. This bill honors America's intelligence professionals with their own national day of recognition. As a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, I am proud and honored to support the brave men and women of the intelligence community."
"Our country will never know about the hard work of many of our quietly courageous intelligence professionals. These men and women -- many of them Virginians that I have met traveling the Commonwealth -- deserve our gratitude," Senator Warner said. "We rely on these professionals to keep us safe and it is appropriate that we acknowledge their dedication and service."
"Missouri is critical to our national security efforts as the home to thousands of intelligence professionals at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, as well as former President Truman, who signed the 1947 National Security Act into law," said Senator Blunt. "I'm proud to support this resolution once again and to honor the intelligence professionals who work tirelessly to keep America safe."
"I have a tremendous amount of respect for the men and women in our intelligence community who rarely receive the recognition they deserve due to the confidential nature of many of their assignments," said Senator Burr. "This bipartisan bill represents a small way we can acknowledge their vital service to our nation and express our gratitude."
In addition to Senators Mikulski, Warner, Blunt and Burr, the legislation is cosponsored by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), James Risch (R-Idaho), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Angus King (I-Maine), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Tom Coburn (R-Ok.), Dan Coats (R-Ind.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.). The legislation will be considered by the Judiciary Committee.