The Hill 
May 1, 2013
The Senate announced plans Tuesday to hold hearings on the Boston Marathon bombings as Republican criticism mounts over the administration’s handling of intelligence leading up to the attack.
The upper chamber’s move came as President Obama defended intelligence and law enforcement agencies and their willingness to share information in the months prior to the bombings.
The Senate has been markedly slower to act than the House in the wake of the bombings, with many senators arguing for more time to gather information about whether intelligence-sharing failures occurred.
But on Tuesday, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee pledged to investigate the attacks.