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house Bill H.R. 5019

Should the White House Report to Congress on the Status of Employees With Security Clearances?

Argument in favor

The White House shouldn’t be able to provide interim security clearances to employees indefinitely without notifying Congress. This bill would bring more accountability and oversight to the security clearance process for those who work closely to president.

JustinHouser's Opinion
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02/22/2018
Yes to anything that improves transparency. Especially with this administration.
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Donna's Opinion
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02/22/2018
These people are employees of the American people. We have the right to know which members of the White House staff have access to our top classified information without the appropriate clearance. There are American citizens unable to clear a background check and secure (or lose) jobs as a result. I am tired of the White House staff thinking they are to be treated differently just because DJT was elected president. If Marco Rubio, or any other republican, were in the Oval Office, most of these staff members would be nowhere near any classified information. The White House needs to let the American public (which it serves) the status of every security clearance for every staff member - YESTERDAY. Democracy can only survive through transparency. This administration is the most opaque in recent times and that makes them potentially dangerous.
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Brandon's Opinion
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02/22/2018
This needs bipartisan support, or it will never take off. Keep in mind that when the pendulum swings and Democrats are in power, this will affect them as well.
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Argument opposed

The White House needs to operate as it sees fit, and Congress doesn’t have the authority to oversee the process used to grant security clearances to White House employees. This bill’s authors want to score political points more than they want transparency.

operaman's Opinion
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02/22/2018
Nah, let's just leave it under the same condition as the Obama WH. Libs are always looking for a crack to infect the integrity of the WH. Oh my gosh, a liberal progressive Democrat is a sponsor of this bill. My, my, what a surprise!
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Tooluser1's Opinion
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02/22/2018
No. This is a partisan nightmare that violates the separation of powers.
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Jeffrey's Opinion
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02/24/2018
The executive branch doesn't answer to the legislative on all employees security clearance, any more than the executive branch could influence any Congressional staffer with a security clearance.
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    Yes to anything that improves transparency. Especially with this administration.
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    Nah, let's just leave it under the same condition as the Obama WH. Libs are always looking for a crack to infect the integrity of the WH. Oh my gosh, a liberal progressive Democrat is a sponsor of this bill. My, my, what a surprise!
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    These people are employees of the American people. We have the right to know which members of the White House staff have access to our top classified information without the appropriate clearance. There are American citizens unable to clear a background check and secure (or lose) jobs as a result. I am tired of the White House staff thinking they are to be treated differently just because DJT was elected president. If Marco Rubio, or any other republican, were in the Oval Office, most of these staff members would be nowhere near any classified information. The White House needs to let the American public (which it serves) the status of every security clearance for every staff member - YESTERDAY. Democracy can only survive through transparency. This administration is the most opaque in recent times and that makes them potentially dangerous.
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    This needs bipartisan support, or it will never take off. Keep in mind that when the pendulum swings and Democrats are in power, this will affect them as well.
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    This is important. As a veteran, I’m appalled that civilians have access to sensitive information that could compromise our security.
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    No one in the WH is above the law.
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    This is one of the most important issues for any administration to be held accountable to the American people who can and cannot be trusted to view and have access to Top Secret government material. This cannot be compromised anytime. They must be held accountable.
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    Absolutely
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    Absolutely. They need to be held to the same standards as all federal employees.
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    Clearly oversight is needed in this case where Trump just does whatever he wants and people fearful for their jobs just acquiesce whether it’s lawful or not. So yea oversight.
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    Congress needs to oversee this issue. We should not have people in these positions who cannot obtain a security clearance.
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    But more importantly no one should be allowed to work with temporary clearance. This is yet another example of government not following the same rules as its citizens. We go through background checks just to work at McDonalds. Guess what? If we can’t clear them we don’t work. Plain and simple common sense. NO MORE HYPOCRISY!!
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    Yes and asap. Publish the names of all 130 uncleared Federal Employees and share with Congress the reasons why they can’t pass muster. (I sell s/w and couldn’t be hired without passing a background check😳). SO YES! #ResponsibleOversight
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    Without question. Why is it ok for Ivanka Trump having no permanent security clearance, &!zero experience in foreign affairs to brief the South Korean President on North Korea sanctions? That is utter madness & nobody in congress has their hair on fire? More utter madness.
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    Given the current security abuses going on in there? Hell yes, it should. What's more, let's have a law that prohibits candidates who do not qualify for top security clearance from even being ELIGIBLE for the office!
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    Wonderful idea
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    Of course and congress should kick anyone out who has not been able to get permanent security clearance
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    In this Administration I particular this should be done. It seems far too many in the WH don’t have proper clearances...perhaps because they’re s bunch of criminals/crooks?
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    I probably would not have given it much thought before. Now with this administration....yes they do.
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    It's obvious.
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