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Secret Service scandal sparks rare bipartisanship

2 years 2 months 1 day ago October 03, 2014 Oct 3, 2014 Friday, October 03 2014 October 03, 2014 1:51 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Erica Werner

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The scandal that's rocked the once-proud Secret Service and raised questions about the president's safety has also produced rare bipartisan unity on Capitol Hill.

Democratic and Republican lawmakers who usually are at odds have largely agreed on their response to security breaches at the agency - including an intruder carrying a knife who made it all the way into the White House East Room.

There were bipartisan calls for Secret Service Director Julia Pierson's resignation this week, and once it was announced Wednesday, there was bipartisan agreement on the need for a wide-ranging independent investigation.

Republican and Democratic leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are drafting a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson outlining their recommendations for the investigation.

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