FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 1995

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ADMINISTRATION COUNTERTERRORISM LEGISLATION PASSES SENATE Administration Wins on Critical Amendment Votes WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Senate today passed the Administration's counterterrorism legislation by a vote of 91-8, sending virtually all of the President's proposals to the House of Representatives for consideration. President Clinton said, "This legislation will help us prevent, prosecute and punish terrorists more effectively." "By working together to pass the Administration's legislation, we are doing what is right for America," said Attorney General Janet Reno. "Many terrorists are becoming more sophisticated, even as others are killing with simple tools like fertilizer and fuel oil. This legislation helps us fight back, and keep up with terrorism in the 1990s." President Clinton called for anti-terrorism legislation in his January State of the Union address and introduced it in February. The Administration added more proposals after the April 19 Oklahoma City bombing. Several key proposals were inserted this week at the Administration's urging: þ By a vote of 90-0, the Senate voted Monday to require that explosives be manufactured with detectable "taggants," which will permit investigators to trace their source after an explosion; By voice vote, the Senate Tuesday voted to amend the National Firearms Act by extending the statutes of limitations for crimes involving explosives to five years; On Tuesday, the Senate also voted 77-19 to permit federal law enforcement to continue wiretaps when suspects switch telephones (often to evade detection) -- known as "multi-point wiretaps"; and Also on a Tuesday voice vote, the Senate acted to permit the military -- which can now assist law enforcement in dealing with nuclear terrorist threats -- to provide similar assistance in the event of chemical or biological threats.

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The legislation also contains eight other features that the Administration insisted be in any counterterrorism bill:

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authorization of $300 million for initiatives such as funding for Federal investigative agencies, an FBI domestic counterterrorism center and the FBI's digital telephony initiative; jurisdiction to hear cases involving terrorist acts committed against Americans abroad; special expedited procedures for removing criminal aliens and alien terrorists from the United States; special procedures which limit the ability of terrorist groups to raise funds in the United States; a mechanism for federal law enforcement to obtain important financial and other records in foreign counterintelligence investigations; increased authority for the Attorney General to offer rewards in both foreign and domestic terrorism cases; authority for federal judges to order a wiretap to include more offenses closely connected to terrorism; and authority for federal law enforcement to order the preservation of important records until a court order can be obtained. ###

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