House of Representatives Passes FY18 Intelligence Authorization Bill
The House of Representatives today approved the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (H.R. 3180) on a bipartisan 380-35 vote.
This legislation provides the Intelligence Community (IC) the necessary resources and authorities to ensure they remain capable of protecting and defending the United States. The bill supports critical national security programs, particularly those focused on countering terrorism and cyberattacks. The total funding levels authorized by the bill are slightly below the President’s budget, balancing fiscal discipline and national security. This legislation:
o Investigations of leaks of classified information;
o Security clearance processing timelines;
o The process for reviewing information about computer vulnerabilities for retention or potential release; and
o Russian influence campaigns directed at foreign elections and threat finance activities.
The Act makes no changes to any surveillance authorities, including those set to expire later this year, which will be addressed in separate legislation.
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Nunes said: “This is a crucial, bipartisan bill that will keep the Intelligence Community fully funded and subject to robust congressional oversight. I thank the House for passing the IAA on a bipartisan basis, and I look forward to its quick passage in the Senate.”
Ranking Member Adam Schiff said: “I am pleased that the House has once again passed the Intelligence Authorization Act with a strong bipartisan majority. This year’s intelligence authorization bill makes sure our intelligence agencies and the Department of Defense have the resources, authorities, and capabilities they need to protect our nation, but it also ensures vigorous oversight, particularly to make sure privacy and civil liberties are protected.”
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