Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Statement on Final Passage of the Intelligence Authorization Conference Report

Posted on February 13, 2008

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., today issued the following statement after voting against final passage of the Intelligence Authorization Conference Report for Fiscal Year 2008. “I voted against the Intelligence Authorization Conference Report because it has a variety of problems, including limiting the CIA’s ability to gather intelligence to protect American citizens. Three years ago, I cosponsored the McCain Amendment in which Congress established that the U.S. government may not engage in torture. My vote today—as well as Senator McCain’s vote today—is clearly consistent with that McCain Amendment.” The measure passed the Senate by a 51 to 45 vote.