Hoekstra On Conference Committee


    WASHINGTON, D.C. — West Michigan’s shoreline congressman, Pete Hoekstra, R-Holland, has been appointed to the conference committee that will reconcile the House and Senate versions of the Intelligence Reform Law.

    Hoekstra got the nod for the post because he is the new chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

    House Speaker Dennis Hastert appointed Hoekstra to chair the House’s intelligence committee in August after President George Bush selected the previous chairman — Congressman Porter J. Goss, R-Fla. — to serve as director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

    In a prepared statement yesterday, Hoekstra said the House and Senate bills have many more similarities than they have differences.

    “When we are finished in conference,” he said, “we will have a product that draws upon the best ideas of both pieces of legislation to make the reforms needed to increase the security of the United States of America.”

    The House passed the 9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act by a vote of 282 to 134 on Oct. 8. The Senate passed its own version of intelligence reform bill 96 to 2.

    Hoekstra said he looks forward to working with his colleagues in the Senate. “Both House and Senate,” he added, “have worked tirelessly to produce comprehensive legislation that reforms the reforms the government to make it more effective in the fight against terror.”

    Hoekstra represents Michigan’s second congressional district, consisting of all or part of 11 counties on the Lake Michigan shoreline.

    Among Hoekstra’s colleagues on the conference committee are among the most senior House Republicans: David Dreier, chairman of the House Committee on Rules, Henry Hyde, chairman of the House Committee on International Relations  Duncan Hunter, chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services, and Jim Sensenbrenner, chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary.    

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