Rockefeller releases deal on intelligence budgets

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerOvernight Tech: Trump nominates Dem to FCC | Facebook pulls suspected baseball gunman's pages | Uber board member resigns after sexist comment Trump nominates former FCC Dem for another term Obama to preserve torture report in presidential papers MORE (D-W.Va.) released an agreement between himself and four senior appropriators aimed at smoothing out the annual process of drafting intelligence budgets, but the deal lacked the consent of the Intelligence panel’s ranking Republican.

The intelligence deal reflects senators’ intent to conform to recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, which proposed moving power to allocate funds for U.S. intelligence agencies to the Intelligence panel from Appropriations. Rockefeller cosigned the statement of intent with Sens. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) and Thad CochranWilliam (Thad) Thad CochranGOP senators ask Trump to hold off on Venezuelan oil sanctions Both sides of the aisle agree — telemedicine is the future Overnight Finance: GOP offers measure to repeal arbitration rule | Feds fine Exxon M for Russian sanctions violations | Senate panel sticks with 2017 funding levels for budget | Trump tax nominee advances | Trump unveils first reg agenda MORE (R-Miss.), Appropriations chairman and ranking member, respectively, as well as senior defense appropriators Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Ted Stevens (R-Alaska).

Under the agreement, staffers from the Appropriations and Intelligence committees with the appropriate clearances will be allowed to attend closed-door markups in both panels. Similarly, cleared staff on either committee will be given access to both panels’ budgets prior to markups. Bond yesterday said he did not sign the agreement because he did not think it went far enough, adding that he had recommended hearings on the issue instead.