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Inside Politics: Pa. planning to sue NCAA in federal court
The sanctions, agreed to by the university in July, included a $60 million fine that would be used nationally to finance child-abuse prevention grants. State and federal lawmakers have raised objections to the money being spent outside Pennsylvania.
Lawmakers slash 2013 budget for satellites, spies
In one of the last votes of the year, House lawmakers voted Monday 373-29 in favor of a Senate-passed bill to slightly boost the president’s $72 billion budget request for intelligence agencies, including the CIA, adding extra cash for the counterterrorism fight against al Qaeda, and the counterintelligence fight against foreign governments trying to spy on the U.S.
The amount is down sharply from roughly $80 billion in 2012, which marked the peak of intelligence spending since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
“The bill holds personnel levels, one of the biggest cost drivers, generally, at last year’s levels,” said Rep. Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. “Even so, the bill adds a limited number of new personnel positions for select, high-priority positions, such as FBI surveillance officers to keep watch on terrorists.”
The House intelligence committee’s ranking member, Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Maryland Democrat, said the bill “invests in personnel and programs that are working and cuts things that aren’t.”
The bill was stripped of several measures meant to block the leaking of classified information, including a provision that would have limited which government officials could brief journalists on intelligence. The measures were drafted after lawmakers objected to a series of news stories that anonymously quoted senior administration sources describing sensitive intelligence programs, such as the process by which targets are chosen for lethal drone strikes overseas.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat and chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, says that the measures were taken out to get the bill passed, but that the issue remains a problem.
Florida’s Young, 82, once again assigned to defense post
Longtime Florida Rep. C.W. Bill Young will serve another term as chairman of the powerful House Appropriations subcommittee on defense, House leaders said Monday.
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