White House objects to Congress adding money to intel budget
May 30th, 2012
10:15 PM ET

White House objects to Congress adding money to intel budget

By Pam Benson

The Obama administration is opposed to Congress adding more money to the intelligence budget and is asking for the funding to be reconsidered in the final budget.

In a statement released Wednesday, the White House said it had serious concerns about some of the funding contained in a classified part of the House Intelligence Authorization bill that exceeds the administration's request.

"The administration objects to unrequested authorizations for some classified programs that were reduced in the president's budget because they are lower in priority and would support deficit reduction efforts," the statement said.

Intelligence committee member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, said the funding levels are "for the most part consistent with the president's" but acknowledged there are differences in some programs involving "technical and tactical intelligence efforts." He would not elaborate further because the programs and spending amounts are classified.

A congressional intelligence committee staffer who was not authorized to speak on the record said that "as a percentage, the change represents a very modest increase over the president's request."

In February, the Director of National Intelligence announced the administration was seeking $52.6 billion to fund the national intelligence program for fiscal year 2013, more than a 4% decrease in funding from the current year. The money supports the operations of the 16 agencies and departments that make up the intelligence community. The request does not include money for military intelligence, which is funded separately.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said last year that spending levels for the intelligence community will be double-digit billions over the next 10 years. He said the community had figured out ways to make cuts, pointing to substantial savings in integrating information technology. But he warned there will be some risk. "We will not have quite the capability that we have today, which is very substantial," Clapper said.

The statement from the Office of Management and Budget noted that despite the objections no veto was being recommended of the intelligence authorization bill and said the administration "looks forward to working with the Congress to address its concerns," when the money is actually allocated to the intelligence programs.

Schiff said he expects that in negotiations with the House, Senate and the administration, "We will work out a compromise that all will embrace."

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  1. Everett Wallace

    yes if I were BROKE I would not add money to the "intel" budget either. So the CIA and others "budget" is whatever it TAKES to accomplish the missions plus some.

    June 1, 2012 at 11:13 am | Reply
  2. mc

    Dt you r an idiot to believe what u just said it took george bush 8 years to mess up the country financialy and u want the president to fix it in three years i doesnt make sense. then from the gate romney is going to bankrupt the country because he is going to use the same principles from the last president.

    May 31, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Reply
    • Johnman

      The economy tanked only after Obama and the Dems took over both houses of congress after 12 solid years of Republican rule. What they "inherited" was a stable economy and an unemployment rate of about 4.5% What they did with that is historic in it's destructiveness.

      June 1, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Reply
  3. John

    I thought the GOP cared about the debt and deficit. Apparently not they sure like to fund their pet projects and pass the costs on to the American people.They have enough of the Tax payers money for the War machine and anything to do with the military except for the veterans and the American people. The GOP are destroying the Middle Class and most of what America stands for. They are the 1% party....

    May 31, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Reply
    • DT

      John, Yet again for the 2nd time today......you are an idiot. You obviously hate freedom because you voted for Obama, who has taken away the power of the legislative branch (senate and congress) to share power equally with the executive branch (Obama the idiot), who he himself is eroding the very fabric of our liberties. Since he took office, how much have all the living costs in your household gone up? How much do you pay for gas now? How much is your home and property actually worth versus what you initially paid for it? He's had almost four years to fix or make ANYTHING better – he hasn't. His promise of "change" has been nothing but a change for the worse and a change in the incredible amount of additional debt he has put us all into. Wake up John the Idiot. Tell your Dem buddies to stop voting for the jackazz rockstar candidates with no experience and start voting for someone who can actually act, think, and BE a real president.........that would mean anyone else in the world excluding Donald Duck, Curly the Stooge, and Obama the clown.

      May 31, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  4. beezy

    Hey obama, cutting the intel budget is how 9/11's happen. Just ask President Clinton. President Clinton cut the intel budget and drasticaly cut the.portion for HUMINT and it was difficult to track terrorists. Think about it obama... wait listen to who I am talking too.

    May 31, 2012 at 11:32 am | Reply
    • Marc S

      Beezy, it is documented fact that Clinton was not only aware of Osama Bin Laden, but authorized at least one attempt to capture/kill him. It is also a documented fact that when Bush took office in 2000, Clinton's transition team gave him everything we had on Bin Laden and Bush's transition team completely ignored it because Bin Laden was a Saudi Royal Family member and not Saddam Hussein. THAT's how 911's HAPPEN! Clinton by the way left office with a surplus and no debt. Thank you GOP and President Bush...

      June 1, 2012 at 8:52 am | Reply

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