PA Senator Bob Casey named to Senate intelligence committee

WASHINGTON (100.1 FM and AM 1020 KDKA) — U.S. Senator Bob Casey announced on Wednesday that he had been selected to join the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

With that position, Casey will "oversee the U.S. intelligence community and influence U.S. foreign and national security policy."

The honor is noteworthy, but it's hardly unfounded for Casey.

He also served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 2007-2013 and the Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee for four years.

"I look forward to having the opportunity to serve on the Intelligence Committee as our Nation faces threats of domestic terrorism at home and complex challenges abroad," Casey said. "As a member of the Committee, I will promote policies that keep our country safe and further our interests."

The Committee dates back to 1976 and has a mission statement to "oversee and make continuing studies of the intelligence activities and programs of the United States Government," to "submit to the Senate appropriate proposals for legislation and report to the Senate concerning such intelligence activities and programs," and to "provide vigilant legislative oversight over the intelligence activities of the United States to assure that such activities are in conformity with the Constitution and laws of the United States."

In addition to joining the intelligence-central committee, Casey will also act as Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging and as a senior member of the Senate Finance and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committees.

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