Oct. 28, 2004 – Controversial legislation originally based on the 9/11 Commissionâ€™s recommendations stalled this week, with many lawmakers conceding that the bill will not be passed before the November 2 presidential elections as planned.
Members of the 9/11 Commission and victimsâ€™ families had urged Congress to pass legislation as quickly as possible, but the process slowed as House Republicans added controversial Patriot Act Two and anti-immigrant laws to their bill. The Senate version, supported by the Commission leaders and victimsâ€™ families, does not contain most of the additional controversial measures.House and Senate negotiators also failed to reach agreement on whether the new national intelligence director should be given broad authority over the countryâ€™s intelligence budget.
Commission member Timothy Roemer, (D-Ind.), told the Washington Post that the compromise effort "looks to be as dead as a doornail."
He added, "The people holding the hammer are the president and a few House Republicans."