Congress Shoots Down Drone Change

The plan by the Obama administration to move control of the aerial drone program to the Pentagon from the CIA has run into a large obstacle—the U.S. Congress. The roadblock comes in the form of a secret provision inserted into the $1 trillion budget bill from this week that would halt funding for transferring unmanned aircraft or authority to carry out the strikes. The administration’s plan was seen as an effort to get the CIA back to traditional intelligence gathering, and add transparency to the drone strike process.