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house Bill H.R. 3494

Should Congress Approve Intelligence Agencies' (Mostly Classified) FY2020 Budgets?

Argument in favor

The Intelligence Community plays an integral role in ensuring the security of Americans and needs funding to do its job — even if the public can’t know how all of it will be spent.

jimK's Opinion
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07/16/2019
Yes, funding intelligence ops is very important. I agree with some general notional round about totals to give the public a little meat to chew on. But even without that, it is important to keep ongoing ops funded and be forward looking regarding both existing and developing threats. We need to hold Trump & Co. and all officials accountable for sharing or leaking intel to foreign nationals- particularly as Trump did to the Russians with info shared with us from allied sources. That was inexcusable- I don’t care what office you hold. The only other thing I did not see emphasized was cooperative sharing of pertinent classified info between our own agencies.
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J. scott's Opinion
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07/16/2019
Absolutely they should be approved perhaps more now than ever before.
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Jackson's Opinion
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07/16/2019
They protect this country and must be funded!
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Argument opposed

Intelligence agencies should provide at least a general outline of how they’re spending taxpayer dollars on classified programs for the sake of transparency.

burrkitty's Opinion
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07/15/2019
Not a fan of blank check black hole spending. I understand that we have to keep some secrets, but we don’t even have a top number estimate. We are talking about BILLIONS OF DOLLARS of taxpayers money disappearing into a black hole called “classified”. I don’t need individual program names, but at least give us a vague outline, top line totals, or something.
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David's Opinion
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07/16/2019
Intelligence agencies should provide at least a general outline of how they’re spending taxpayer dollars on classified programs for the sake of transparency.
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IllWill's Opinion
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07/16/2019
Obviously, it’s necessary to keep most intelligence activities classified. However, we should know the full amount that our government is spending on intelligence agencies! The total amount should not be a secret! This is our money and therefore the American people should know the amount that we’re spending on every government agency!
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Select Committee on Intelligence
  • The house Passed July 17th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 397 Yea / 31 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedJune 26th, 2019

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What is House Bill H.R. 3494?

This bill would authorize funding for intelligence agencies in FY2020, including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Directorate of National Intelligence (DNI). In addition to the CIA and DNI, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), plus intelligence divisions of the Dept. of Defense (DOD), National Security Agency (NSA), the State Dept., the Treasury Dept., and the Justice Dept. While its funding levels are classified, the bill prioritizes intelligence activities related to North Korea, Iran, Russia, and China in addition to requiring the publication of reports which are described in greater detail below.

Specifics about the total appropriations authorized for salaries and benefits along with personnel levels are classified. This bill would require Intelligence Community (IC) agencies to provide 12 weeks of paid parental leave in addition to the 12 weeks of unpaid leave that all federal employees may take under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

KREMLIN Act: This section of the bill, known as the Keeping Russian Entrapments Minimal and Limiting Intelligence Networks (KREMLIN) Act would require the DNI to submit intelligence assessments about the goals and intentions of Russia’s political leadership to Congress. Assessments would be prepared about Russia’s potential military action against NATO members, potential responses to an enlarged U.S. or NATO military presence in eastern Europe, and potential areas where Russia could exploit divisions among Western governments.

Vladimir Putin Transparency Act: This section of the bill would require the production of a report about the estimated net worth of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his family; Putin and his family’s legitimately and illegitimately obtained assets, property, and business interests; and methods used to conceal Putin’s connection to his holdings such as “front” or shell companies.

China’s Meddling in Taiwan: This bill would require the IC to report to Congress about influence operations conducted by China to interfere in or undermine Taiwan’s presidential and vice presidential elections, along with U.S. efforts to disrupt those operations.

Climate Change: A Climate Security Advisory Council would be established to ensure that IC analysts incorporate climate matters into intelligence analysis and coordinate climate policy with other executive agencies.

Domestic Terrorism: Several counterterrorism agencies, including the FBI and DHS, would be required to produce annual reports about domestic terrorism (including data).

Anti-Espionage Task Force: An IC task force chaired by the DNI would be tasked with examining IC collection against the illicit financing of espionage and foreign influence operations in the U.S., methods used by foreign actors, and constraints frustrating IC activities.

Prize Competitions: The DNI would be required to instruct the DNI to carry out prize competitions to leverage commercial innovation to incentivize: 

  • Development and commercialization of technologies to automatically detect machine-manipulated media or “deepfakes.”

  • Research related to challenges associated with the transition to 5G technology.

Additional reports would be required regarding:

  • The death of dissident Jamal Khashoggi.

  • Influence operations by the People’s Republic of China in the U.S.

  • The role of retired and former IC personnel with respect to foreign intelligence operations.

Impact

Agencies of the Intelligence Community; and Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3494

The CBO estimates that the declassified portions of this bill would cost $5.938 billion over the 2019-2024 period.

More Information

In-Depth: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) said of this bill:

“One of the most important duties that the House Intelligence Committee performs each year is ensuring that the Intelligence Community it oversees has the resources, authorities and proper oversight it needs to keep our nation safe. The Intelligence Authorization Act is the cornerstone of that commitment, and I’m proud to say that, once again, we’ve been able to pass it with strong, bipartisan support. This year’s bill will improve the IC’s collection and analysis capabilities against hard targets, will help the IC adapt to operate in an environment of rapidly advancing technologies, and will foster a culture in the IC to ensure that we can recruit and retain the best and brightest. I look forward to its passage on the House floor.”

The House Intelligence Committee passed this bill on a unanimous voice vote. The Senate passed its version of the FY2020 Intelligence Authorization as part of its National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStock.com / GM Stock Films)

AKA

Damon Paul Nelson and Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2018, 2019, and 2020

Official Title

To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2020 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, and for other purposes.

    Yes, funding intelligence ops is very important. I agree with some general notional round about totals to give the public a little meat to chew on. But even without that, it is important to keep ongoing ops funded and be forward looking regarding both existing and developing threats. We need to hold Trump & Co. and all officials accountable for sharing or leaking intel to foreign nationals- particularly as Trump did to the Russians with info shared with us from allied sources. That was inexcusable- I don’t care what office you hold. The only other thing I did not see emphasized was cooperative sharing of pertinent classified info between our own agencies.
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    Not a fan of blank check black hole spending. I understand that we have to keep some secrets, but we don’t even have a top number estimate. We are talking about BILLIONS OF DOLLARS of taxpayers money disappearing into a black hole called “classified”. I don’t need individual program names, but at least give us a vague outline, top line totals, or something.
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    All a waste of money when you have a moron who trusts Russian intelligence more than his own leading the country.
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    Absolutely they should be approved perhaps more now than ever before.
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    They protect this country and must be funded!
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    Keep America safe and secure
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    Intelligence agencies should provide at least a general outline of how they’re spending taxpayer dollars on classified programs for the sake of transparency.
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    Obviously, it’s necessary to keep most intelligence activities classified. However, we should know the full amount that our government is spending on intelligence agencies! The total amount should not be a secret! This is our money and therefore the American people should know the amount that we’re spending on every government agency!
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    Most of these are very important. In this Putin/Trump administration it’s a double edged sword. We need most of what is listed in this ACT & BILL BUT with this administration it’s hard to know if the monies will be spent on what we need.
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    Yes, yes, yes! Can we let them do their job and not Trumps lackey? Let’s keep as much of a country together as we can until we get this dictator out!
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    Support HR 3494.
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    Our intelligence organizations need adequate funding.
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    Yes, just don't tell the Orange Abomination anything because he'll blab it all to Putin and Kim.
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    Let them pass an audit first!
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    Spend money on spying yes. Could we get some intelligence on domestic terror organizations like KKK, ICE, CPAC.
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    Updated info... update our info. My protection against cyber attacks, beef up security
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    National security is of utmost importance.
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    We need our intelligence agencies fully funded and protecting us from what the bad actors of the world are trying to do to our democracy!!!
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    Security of our nation from outside threats are of prime importance!
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    Yes, approve the Intelligence Budget!
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