A press release from Pete Hoekstra:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement after leading a successful Republican effort that forced Democrats to pull their flawed annual intelligence bill over language Democrats inserted that targeted CIA and intelligence community officers by creating a new criminal offense that would apply only to them. The provision was inserted into the bill late last night, without any consideration by the House Intelligence Committee or consultation with Republicans or the intelligence agencies it would negatively impact.
"This was a hard-fought victory for the men and women of the intelligence community that toil day and night to keep America safe. That Democrats would try to bury this provision deep in the bill, late at night, when they thought everyone’s attention would be focused on the health care summit is a testament to the shameful nature of what they were attempting.
"Republicans brought this to the attention of the American people, who were rightly outraged that Democrats would try to target those we ask to serve in harm’s way and with a unified push we were successful in getting them to pull the bill. The annual intelligence bill should be about protecting and defending our nation, not targeting those we ask to do that deed and giving greater protections to terrorists.
"Republicans have repeatedly made it clear, our top priority is giving America’s intelligence professionals the tools, authorities and resources they need to detect, disrupt and prevent the next attack. No ambiguity, only a clear stand for the protection and defense of our homeland."
"Not surprisingly, it became clear during debate, congressional Democrats had not consulted one another, the president or the leadership of the intelligence community before pursuing this flawed provision, and as a result they had to pull the bill. Once again Democrats have shown that they do not speak with a clear, concise or authoritative voice when it comes to defending our nation against terrorist threats and foreign adversaries, nor do they grasp the complexity and challenge of those threats.