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 CochranObstruction of justice watch: Trump attacks the FBI America isn't ready to let Sessions off his leash The Hill's Whip List: Where Republicans stand on Senate tax bill 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.