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House Proceeding 02-25-10 on Feb 25th, 2010 :: 0:55:40 to 0:59:00
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Anna G. Eshoo

0:55:37 to 0:55:59( Edit History Discussion )

Anna G. Eshoo: across the country. this is wrong. i urge you to reject the bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time h expired. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas. mr. reyes: i yield two minutes to the chairwoman on the subcommittee of community management, valued member of my committee, ms. eshoo from california, for two minutes. the chair: the gentlelady from california is recognized two minutes.

Anna G. Eshoo

0:55:40 to 0:59:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Anna G. Eshoo

Anna G. Eshoo

0:56:00 to 0:56:21( Edit History Discussion )

Anna G. Eshoo: mitts eshoo: i thank the chairwoman and i thank our distinguished chairman for his wonderful and dedicated leadership of the house intelligence committee. it's been far to long since we have had intelligence authorization bill enacted. because congress has the responsibility to set guidae for the intelligence community,

Anna G. Eshoo

0:56:22 to 0:56:42( Edit History Discussion )

Anna G. Eshoo: to venten our national security -- strengthen our national security, which is really our highest obligation here in congress, i'm really pleased this crital legislation is on the floor -- critical legislation is on the floor today. this bill takes some very important steps to increase congressional oversight of the intelligence community which is very much need. i'd like to addres two in

Anna G. Eshoo

0:56:43 to 0:57:04( Edit History Discussion )

Anna G. Eshoo: particular that came out of the subcommittee that i'm proud to chair. first, the bill creates an independent intelligence community inspector general. so many of the issues in the intelligence community cut across multiple agencies. and today there's no one who can look at all sides of these issues.

Anna G. Eshoo

0:57:05 to 0:57:26( Edit History Discussion )

Anna G. Eshoo: this inspector general will have the dual responsibility to report to congress and not just of the director of national intelligence, increasing our oversight. second, the bill allows the g.a.o. to conduct audits and reviews of the intelligence community. we all know the value of the g.a.o.'s assessments firsthand.

Anna G. Eshoo

0:57:27 to 0:57:47( Edit History Discussion )

Anna G. Eshoo: their reputation for objective, thorough reviews are second to none. but today the intelligence community refuses to allow g.a.o. in the door. even when congress has asked them to investigate. so this is not going to stand because the bill corrects it. finally, the bill increases oversight of the security clearance process and it takes

Anna G. Eshoo

0:57:48 to 0:58:08( Edit History Discussion )

Anna G. Eshoo: steps to improve information sharing. both high priorities of my subcommittee and we have had numerous hearings on these topics and will continue to do so. . finally, my colleagues, we all take this responsibility to oversee the intelligence community very seriously. we're the eyes and ears of the american people.

Anna G. Eshoo

0:58:09 to 0:58:29( Edit History Discussion )

Anna G. Eshoo: this bill strengthens our ability to do just that. and i urge my colleagues to support it. figely, i'd like to say in -- finally, i'd like to say in response to -- mr. chairman, can i have 15 seconds? mr. reyes: i yield 15 seconds. the chair: the gentlelady is

Anna G. Eshoo

0:58:30 to 0:58:50( Edit History Discussion )

Anna G. Eshoo: recognized. ms. eshoo: there was a terrible charge made by one of our colleagues on the other side of the aisle that this bill weakens the intelligence community, that it's an attack on theintelligence community. we can't let that stand. there isn't anything farther from the truth.

Anna G. Eshoo

0:58:51 to 0:59:00( Edit History Discussion )

Anna G. Eshoo: this is singularly the largest intel authorization with its base budget in the history of the united states of america. the chair: the gentlelady's time has expired.

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