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house Bill H.R. 6237

The Top Secret Intelligence Budget for FY2018-2019

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.

Richard's Opinion
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07/08/2018
I'm ok with this, as long as the funds are spent as intended and not used by the Trump administration to round up undocumented aliens or other nefarious purposes.
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Catt's Opinion
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07/12/2018
Under any other administration, I would vote for greater transparency, however I know for a fact that the only reason this bill is on the docket right now is because Prince Trumperdink is terrified of what information the IC has incriminating him, his family, his cabinet, and his Russian allies, and this is just a ploy for him to find out what they've got and do damage control. He does not deserve the consideration.
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07/12/2018
Totally agree with this as long as there is accountability and transparency. I don’t trust this administration.
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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.

Kodiwodi's Opinion
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07/12/2018
A budget for intelligence information to be used by trump. What an oxymoron.
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Laura's Opinion
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07/12/2018
This bill is sponsored by Nunes and he has been vital in obstructing the Mueller investigation. Therefore, I do not approve of this bill.
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Dicr's Opinion
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07/12/2018
It’s senseless increasing the Intelligence Budget till we get an intelligent president who believes it.
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What is House Bill H.R. 6237?

This bill would authorize funding for intelligence activities conducted by the U.S. government, such as by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Director of National Intelligence (DNI) for fiscal years 2018 and 2019. Aside from the CIA and DNI, the following federal agencies would also receive funding from this bill: the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA); the branches of the Dept. of Defense (D)D) that are involved in intelligence activities; intelligence divisions of the State Dept., National Security Agency (NSA), the Treasury Dept., and the Dept. of Justice (DOJ). Additionally, this legislation prohibits any intelligence activity that isn’t authorized by the Constitution or U.S. law.

Specifics about the total appropriations authorized by this bill are classified, so minimal information is available to the public. The classified information is known as the “Classified Schedule of Authorizations” and has the levels of funding and personnel used by these agencies to carry out operations.

All those classified things aside, there's some information available to the public:

  • $546.9 million in funding would be provided for the Intelligence Community Management Account for FY2018 while $514.5 million in funding would be provided in FY2019.

  • $514 million in funding would be provided to the CIA Retirement and Disability System in both FY2018 and FY2019.

  • Up to $775 million could be spent building East Campus Building 3 for the NSA.

  • Injury benefits paid to CIA employees overseas would be increased, as would pay for workers with cybersecurity skills.

The Intelligence Community would be required to provide reports to Congress about:

  • Foreign counterintelligence and cybersecurity threats to election campaigns for federal offices;

  • Investigations of leaks of classified information;

  • Security clearance processing timelines;

  • The process for reviewing information about computer vulnerabilities for retention or potential release;

  • Russian influence campaigns directed at foreign elections.

Impact

People who live in the U.S., federal intelligence agencies, and Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 6237

The CBO estimates that enacting the unclassified portions of this bill would cost less than $500,000 over the 2019-2028 period.

More Information

In-Depth: The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence passed this bill, introduced by Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), on a voice vote.


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Summary by Eric Revell

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AKA

Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019

Official Title

To authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 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.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed July 12th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 363 Yea / 54 Nay
      house Committees
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      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedJune 27th, 2018

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    I'm ok with this, as long as the funds are spent as intended and not used by the Trump administration to round up undocumented aliens or other nefarious purposes.
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    A budget for intelligence information to be used by trump. What an oxymoron.
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    This bill is sponsored by Nunes and he has been vital in obstructing the Mueller investigation. Therefore, I do not approve of this bill.
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    It’s senseless increasing the Intelligence Budget till we get an intelligent president who believes it.
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    Unnecessary. Put your money into communities, schools, and people in need.
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    Not while trump is president
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    This money should be used for the schools, federal lands, environment, ecology, etc. THE DEFENSE BILL ALREADY PASSED SHOULD BE USED FOR THE INTEL AND CYBER SECURITY. ITS A DEFENSE ITEM. LESS MUNITIONS & MORE CYBER SECURITY IN THE DEFENSE BILL.
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    Under any other administration, I would vote for greater transparency, however I know for a fact that the only reason this bill is on the docket right now is because Prince Trumperdink is terrified of what information the IC has incriminating him, his family, his cabinet, and his Russian allies, and this is just a ploy for him to find out what they've got and do damage control. He does not deserve the consideration.
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    Totally agree with this as long as there is accountability and transparency. I don’t trust this administration.
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    Americans are tired of the lack of transparency and people in power taking advantage of their power. Why should we pass something that we have no idea about? So NO
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    I think Nunes is no better than a traitor and I can’t imagine any bill he introduced helping the country. US government intelligence agencies are already funded. I also wonder if the FBI is going to receive any of this money or if this is a way to punish them for being able to realize Trump is s con man. Lastly, the reason for my nay vote, we need to designate this money solely on cyber security making it a priority to keep any person or country from affecting our elections or bank accounts, etc.
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    I'm so sick of the liberal Democrats (not every liberal Democrats falls into this category. I'm not stereotyping) using the comments section to do nothing more than trash Trump! Those who do, typically have no idea what the actual proposal is about (not do I think they care) and they're truly only interested in making divisive comments that they seem to think are funny.
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    Not with this administration!
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    @Catt, if anything illegal had been found out on Trump or anything about collusion between Trump, Russia and the 2016 election, we all know that it would not be kept silent. So the fact that you say you know for a “fact” Trump is terrified that this will be made public is quite the joke. Maybe you should find out what the meaning of ‘fact’ is.
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    Give 'em an inch, they'll take a mile all under the g guise of transparency.
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    trump standing in front of the stars of fallen CIA officers while he spewed hateful, disrespectful, anti-American garbage should never be forgotten. We have a “president” who disparages the CIA and our institutions, and who with his foreign debts would not have been granted even basic government security clearance in any other position. Until we fix the destructive force at the top, it seems silly to pretend we can proceed normally in safeguarding and gathering intelligence the man child in charge will never read or regard.
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    no
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    How the hell would Countable know? Get off of this! Put out some sensible questions!
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    We don't know how many millions of dollars are REALLY being appropriated, and there is no way of knowing that the funding provided to intelligence agencies will not be used against U.S. citizens who oppose the actions of Trump and his minions. A BIG, RESOUNDING "NO."
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    I think this may be detrimental to the Mueller investigation.
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