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House Republicans reach agreement in intelligence reform bill

[JURIST] Congressional negotiators have reached a deal with the chief Republican opponent of legislation which will revamp the country's intelligence agencies. The bill, which will go to a final vote, is meant to follow the recommendations of the 9/11 commission. President Bush has been pressing Congress for a swift resolution citing the importance of the bill to the security of the country. Representative Deborah Pryce, chairman of the House Republican Conference, said negotiators struck a deal with holdout House Armed Services chairman Duncan Hunter which removed his objections to the bill. House Speaker Dennis Hastert had refused to call for a vote on the legislation before Thanksgiving because of objections from Hunter and House Judiciary chairman James Sensenbrenner. Republicans will move forward with the bill even though Sensenbrenner remains opposed to it. Read the full 9/11 report here. AP has more.

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