WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) continued his work to advance a tough, smart national security strategy by helping to pass the Intelligence Authorization Act. This legislation authorizes funding for intelligence programs from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Security Agency (NSA) and Navy Intelligence that are crucial to fighting the war on terror. Rep. Peters released the following statement after voting in favor of the bill, which passed on a bipartisan 371-35 vote:
“Strong intelligence operations are a crucial component of a smart national security strategy that keeps Americans safe at home and counters new and dynamic threats across the world. Just last week we saw the importance of a robust intelligence network when a successful American drone strike in Pakistan killed Mullah Mansour, the leader of the Taliban.
“With the clear threat posed to Europe and the United States by fighters traveling to ISIS-controlled territory and then returning home, today’s proposal includes measures to ensure we are tracking the flow of foreign fighters from known terrorist training camps. And by working to prevent cyberattacks at ports like the Port of San Diego that would devastate our economy, this legislation takes a targeted approach to safeguarding our security and our prosperity.”
Congressman Peters serves the 52nd District of California which covers much of central San Diego County including Poway, Coronado, and large portions of the City of San Diego. He is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and House Judiciary Committee. The Congressman is a former environmental attorney, City Council President, and Port Commission Chairman.