United States Senate
September 15, 2003

In a letter to Attorney General Ashcroft, Senator Grassley, Republican of Iowa, and Senator Kohl, Republic of Wisconsin, expressed opposition to a plan to expand the FBI's jurisdiction and authority over bombing and explosives incidents at the expense of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The letter argued that such a change would undermine the nation's effort to deal with terrorism and contradict clear Congressional intent. To back up their argument, the two senators cited data available from TRAC showing that the ATF enforcement record in connection with cases brought under two key explosive charges was far better than that of the FBI.

Senator Charles Grassley and Senator Herb Kohl

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