The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today decided to postpone action on a controversial bill that would have given the executive branch unprecedented power to crack down on alleged security leakers.

President Clinton vetoed the measure last year, and Senator Richard C. Shelby of Alabama reintroduced it by attaching it to a bill funding intelligence operations for 2001. Shelby anticipated support from President Bush, but it was not forthcoming. Shelby agreed to the postponement after it became clear earlier today that the Bush administration would not support the measure either.
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