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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss talks about intelligence funding

Saxby Chambliss

Saxby Chambliss

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Pedro Marin

Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced a new funding measure for finding the information that protects the country from attack, as the vice-chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Chambliss, the vice chair of the group, announced the 13-2 committee vote with Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., which would give funding to counter terrorist threats, prevent proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, enhance counterintelligence, conduct covert actions and analyze intelligence.

The legislation includes technology, investiagion capabilities, whistleblower concerns and other issues.

In a press release, Chambliss said intelligence work will also be strengthened by an addendum, which is classified, that includes funding for a number of priorities. And the legislation includes measures to financial auditability, “budgetary responsibility” through information technology and eliminating unnecessary spending.

“As our nation continues to face threats from all over the world, it is essential our intelligence collection and analytic capabilities are able to tackle the challenges that lie ahead,” Chambliss said. “However, with our debt at $17 trillion and growing, we face stark budget realities that demand wise and efficient use of taxpayer dollars. This year’s intelligence authorization bill achieves both objectives by providing clear guidance and appropriate resources to the intelligence community, while enhancing the committee’s oversight of vital intelligence activities.”

Last week, the committee approved legislation to increase privacy protections and transparency for collection and surveillance operations, the press release said, adding that the committee is working to produce cybersecurity legislation to promote and enhance information sharing between companies and the government.

Marin fundraiser

With Tuesday’s election in the books, politicians are working to make sure next year’s campaigns go their way.

On Thursday, state Rep. Pedro Marin will host a fundraiser, hoping to add to his campaign coffers for 2014.

Marin, a Democrat from Duluth, is holding the event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Steel Restaurant and Lounge in Atlanta.

The suggested donation for the event is $250, and donations are also being welcomed at www.marinstatehouse.com.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

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