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.
Grassley and Senator Herb Kohl