The Senate late Wednesday approved an intelligence reform bill based on recommendations from the 9/11 Commission by a vote of 96-2. The National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004 (S 2845), introduced by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.), would create a national counterterrorism center and the position of national intelligence director to oversee nonmilitary intelligence agencies.
The only Senators voting against the legislation were Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia) and Fritz Hollings (D-South Carolina). Before the bill goes to the President, however, it must be reconciled with related legislation currently in the House. AP has more.