Lucas explains his vote against S. 2845, intelligence overhaul

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Third District Congressman Frank Lucas made the following statement regarding the House passage of S. 2845, the intelligence overhaul legislation. Lucas opposed the version of the legislation that passed the U.S. House on Dec. 8.


“Everyone in Congress wants our nation's intelligence community to be structured in the best possible way to prevent terrorist attacks. But unfortunately, I can't support legislation that puts a super-concentration of power in the hands of one national intelligence czar.

“The benefit of multiple intelligence agencies is a system of checks and balances on the information-gathering process. This legislation would take that away, without any real assurances that the process would work better than it does now.

“Additionally, I'm disappointed that the legislation doesn't do enough to strengthen our border security and immigration laws, which is an important part of protecting our homeland. My constituents have let me know that they have real concerns about these issues, and I agree with them.

“Congress is often accused of rushing through important legislation in response to a small vocal group of Members of Congress. Unfortunately I think that is the case here. I'll continue to work with my colleagues to help bring real improvements in our nation's intelligence gathering system.”

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