01/21/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/21/2021 14:07
(Washington, DC) - Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger applauded the U.S. Senate's confirmation of Avril Haines as the new Director of National Intelligence (DNI) in a bipartisan vote of 84-10 last night. The DNI is a cabinet-level position that oversees the 18 organizations that comprise the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), including the National Security Agency located in Congressman Ruppersberger's Maryland district.
Haines is the first woman to hold the position, which reports directly to the President. Congressman Ruppersberger, who is a Defense Appropriator and former Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, said Director Haines will play a critical role in de-politicizing and reestablishing the impartiality and morale of the IC.
'Having a respected and experienced leader at the helm of the IC will help me and all Americans sleep better at night,' Congressman Ruppersberger said. 'During my time on the Intelligence Committee, Avril was the second-in-command at the Central Intelligence Agency and I was always impressed with her analytic ability and advocacy for the IC workforce - many of which reside and work in my district. I look forward to working with Avril in the days ahead as she tackles our national security threats - especially in space and cyberspace - and ensuring she has the tools she needs to support the IC workforce.'