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US House Passes Intelligence Reform

The U.S. Senate is expected to take up a measure Wednesday designed to make sweeping reforms to the nation's intelligence agencies.

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives approved the bill Tuesday night by a vote of 336 to 75. The bill calls for the creation of a national intelligence director and a National Counterterrorism Center to coordinate all intelligence on terrorist activity.

The bill enacts many of the reforms advocated by the panel that investigated the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

A White House spokesman said President Bush was very pleased with the bill's passage in the House and that the president believes it will make America safer.

Congressional leaders said earlier Tuesday they were able to resolve key differences in the bill that had delayed its final passage.

Some information forl this report provided by AP and Reuters.