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No Agreement on IC Reforms

Despite high hopes, Congress is going home without passing an intelligence reform bill. It was blocked by Duncan Hunter (R-California) and James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisconsin), who wanted accelerated deportation provisions. [AP]

Actually, I set aside links to wire stories reporting the reform was "dead" around 6:00PM EST - but now that I've gone back to compose the post, all the stories have changed, now reporting that there is a possibility that Congress might return to DC to consider the bill sometime next month. This is probably just a face saving measure by Republicans.

Reuters: (Recasts with deal dead, new throughout)

By Donna Smith

WASHINGTON, Nov 20 (Reuters) - A plan to overhaul U.S. spy agencies died on Saturday in the face of opposition from key Republicans just hours after congressional negotiators thought they had clinched a deal backed by the White House on the post-Sept. 11 reforms.

Putting a brave face on Congress' failure to approve reforms recommended by the Sept. 11 Commission, House Speaker Dennis Hastert promised to continue negotiations with the Senate and to bring lawmakers back in December before the 108th Congress is finished if another deal is reached.

But negotiators said that was unlikely, and that lawmakers would have to start all over in January when the new 109th Congress convenes.

"It's not over until it is over, (but) I don't right now see a process whereby we get this done in the next few weeks," said House Intelligence Committee Chairman Peter Hoekstra, a Michigan Republican who led the negotiations with the Senate.


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