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Intelligence Funding Cuts

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. PITTS. Mr. Speaker, in an environment of unlimited demands and limited resources, our constituents expect us to make tough choices and set national priorities with their hard-earned tax dollars. The Democrats' Intelligence Authorization bill that we will vote on this week fails to do this.

Consider the priorities it sets. This bill makes deep cuts in the resources requested by the administration for important intelligence-gathering operations. Meanwhile, it also calls for the Director of National Intelligence to submit a National Intelligence Estimate to Congress on global warming.

In a post-9/11 environment, should we really be steering our intelligence community away from intelligence gathering so that they can start studying global warming?

Experts from the right and the left say that our ability to prevent another attack on America relies heavily on our intelligence capabilities.

Mr. Speaker, let's fully fund our intelligence community and not distract it from fulfilling its core mission, to protect Americans from attack.

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