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Rep. Rogers: Shutdown hurting intelligence ops

Oct. 3, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. (Staff)

The partial government shutdown is hurting the nation’s intelligence operation, a top lawmaker said Thursday.

Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said at the Washington Post Live Cybersecurity Summit, that he is still trying to determine how extensive the furloughs are in the intelligence community and their impact on capability. But said he believes the impact is significant.

“You don’t have to get too far down to start impacting the ability to perform the mission,” Rogers said.

Rogers said remaining employees will be working extra hours to fill gaps.

“You can imagine our adversaries are trying to fill that hole,” he said.

He said he expected that any deal to fund the government will most likely be paired with a deal to raise the debt limit.

The Treasury Department has said it will no longer be able to meet all of the country’s financial obligations by Oct. 17.

“I have always believed you don’t mess with your neighbor’s money,” Rogers said.

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