[Congressional Record Volume 166, Number 28 (Tuesday, February 11, 2020)]
[Page H1038]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]


  (Mr. STEWART asked and was given permission to address the House for 
1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. STEWART. Madam Chair, I am honored today to recognize the 40th 
anniversary of the National Intelligence Council. This is an amazing 
organization that has provided invaluable contributions to the security 
of the United States.
  On December 3, 1979, the NIC was created to serve as a source of 
extensive expertise on intelligence issues, facilitate collaboration, 
conduct outreach to other experts beyond government, and to connect 
intelligence and policy communities through a wide variety of 
intelligence products.
  The work the NIC does is important. It really does matter. These 
products include the National Intelligence Estimate, the annual threat 
assessment in the form of Statements for the Record, the unclassified 
Global Trends report, and including oral remarks that the Director of 
National Intelligence gives to us as Members of Congress.
  The NIC's 18 intelligence officers serve as the primary advisers to 
the intelligence leader, and their expertise and advice is greatly 
appreciated and greatly respected.
  As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I am grateful for 
them and for their 40 years of dedicated service and protecting the 
American people.