June 25th, 2010
07:02 AM ET
13 years ago

New spy agency chief held up by congressional infighting

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/25/art.obama.clapper.0605.gi.jpg caption=" On June 5, President Obama announced retired Gen. James Clapper (back) would be his nominee for director of national intelligence."]Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's nominee to be the nation's chief spy has been left waiting in the wings while Congress tries to complete work on a new intelligence bill that is being held up by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said she won't hold confirmation hearings for James Clapper, currently the Defense Department's chief intelligence officer, to become the next director of national intelligence until her top priority is completed - Congressional passage and the president's signature on the 2010 Intelligence Authorization Bill.

At issue is a provision in the bill that changes the ground rules for how the president notifies Congress about top secret intelligence activities.

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  1. Really

    You mean the Democrates are the party of no. They are holding things up. They must have gotten this article wrong. In a round about way, it has to be President George Bush's fault. Come on lefties, spin it. I can't wait to read your comments.

    June 25, 2010 08:49 am at 8:49 am |