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Fischer discusses spending bill, criticizes report on CIA tactics

Dec 10, 2014

Lawmakers could begin voting Thursday on a spending bill to fund the government through next September.

The $1.1 trillion measure is more than 1,600 pages long. It includes funding to fight Ebola, and to combat the Islamic State. Separate legislation would fund the Department of Homeland Security.

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska says she’s still reviewing the legislation.

“The legislation impacts every area of the federal budget, and so we have our work cut out for us these next few days reviewing the details of the agreement.”

The spending bill is a compromise to keep the U.S. government from shutting down. Fischer says the Senate could vote Friday on the National Defense Authorization act.

During her weekly conference call Wednesday with Nebraska media, Fischer also discussed a Senate Intelligence Committee report released Tuesday on CIA interrogation tactics. Fischer says she feels the report is one-sided.

The Committee report details interrogation activities between 2002 and 2006. Committee members found captives were harshly treated by being deprived of sleep, waterboarded, and held in facilities compared to dungeons, among other things.

But Fischer says the report doesn’t tell the entire story, and leaves out information from key CIA leaders.

“Those people weren’t interviewed by the Senate staff, the Senate Democrats’ staff that put together this report. When I try to find information so I can make decisions, I like to look at all sides. This is a study that came out that I believe is very one-sided.”

The Committee report also concluded that the CIA didn’t disrupt terror plots during that time.