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house Bill H.R. 3180

The Top Secret Intelligence Budget for FY2018

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.

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07/24/2017
#45 and his minions are so corrupt that we need these agencies just to keep tabs on their using office for their own profits and destroying our republic whether settling up Russian rule or intensifying rule of banker, white supremacist oligarchs. We need every bit of protection we can get from the dictatorship in the making.
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Dawn's Opinion
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07/24/2017
The I.C. absolutely must have all the resources they need to investigate all sources of danger, including DJT! Also, cyberwar is the preferred method of many countries and we must guard against it! Move with the times.
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Wanda's Opinion
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07/28/2017
Help IMPEACH THE MOST IGNORANT PRESIDENT IN OUR HISTORY,PLEASE 5th GRADER ARE SMART AND NOT LIARS,CROOKS,AND DOWN RIGHT STUPID.!!!!!!!!
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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.

John 's Opinion
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07/24/2017
To authorize a budget without knowing the total expenses being authorized is unwise. The total budget amount should be disclosed.
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August's Opinion
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07/24/2017
Just leave the system as it is. I am so suspicious of the Republicans and Trump at this point, I can not support anything they propose. They have a track record of not helping the real American workers.
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Angela's Opinion
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07/24/2017
Can't trust this administration with even making a pot of boiling water
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What is House Bill H.R. 3180?

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 year 2018. 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). The bill would make no changes to any surveillance authorities, including those currently set to expire later this year.

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. We're all allowed to know that a total of $514 million would go to funding the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability system. Employees whose salaries and benefits are paid for by this spending package would be able to see their pay and benefits increase. Additionally, this legislation prohibits any intelligence activity that isn’t authorized by the Constitution or U.S. law.

DNI would be required to provide a report analyzing the most significant Russian influence campaigns directed at foreign elections, if any, during the three year period prior to this bill’s enactment. The report would include the most significant current or planned Russian influence campaigns, if any. DNI would also produce a report in conjunction with the FBI, and the Dept. of Homeland Security about foreign counterintelligence and cybersecurity threats to federal election campaigns. It would also compile a report on Russia’s ability to finance threat activity.

Impact

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

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3180

$520.00 Million
The CBO estimates that enacting the unclassified portions of this bill would cost $520 million over the 2018-2022 period.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) introduced this bill to provide the intelligence community with the resources and authorities it needs to remain capable of protecting and defending the U.S.:

“At a time when our nation faces major national security challenges from terrorist groups as well as nation states, it’s crucial that the Intelligence Community receive all the resources it needs to do its job while Congress has the necessary tools to carry out rigorous oversight of its work. This bill will ensure that our intelligence professionals have the biggest chance of success in thwarting foreign threats.”

Lead cosponsor Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said:

“Our nation faces a diverse and growing array of threats, and it is more important than ever that we provide the intelligence agencies with the resources, authorities and capabilities they need to protect our nation, while also ensuring we protect our privacy and civil liberties. This bill is the product of months of oversight and examination and a bipartisan commitment to the nation's security. I look forward to taking the bill up on the House Floor and to its eventual passage.”

This legislation was passed unanimously by the House Intelligence Committee, whose ranking member — Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) — is the sole cosponsor.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Daniel Rehn via Flickr / Creative Commons)

AKA

Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018

Official Title

To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2018 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
      senate Committees
      Select Committee on Intelligence
  • The house Passed July 28th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 380 Yea / 35 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security
    IntroducedJuly 11th, 2017

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    #45 and his minions are so corrupt that we need these agencies just to keep tabs on their using office for their own profits and destroying our republic whether settling up Russian rule or intensifying rule of banker, white supremacist oligarchs. We need every bit of protection we can get from the dictatorship in the making.
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    To authorize a budget without knowing the total expenses being authorized is unwise. The total budget amount should be disclosed.
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    Just leave the system as it is. I am so suspicious of the Republicans and Trump at this point, I can not support anything they propose. They have a track record of not helping the real American workers.
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    Can't trust this administration with even making a pot of boiling water
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    We just cannot trust that this congress or this administration is working in the best interests of the people. We sure would be stupid not to require transparency.
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    Don't sign something when you can't read it!
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    The defacite 43 million Americans living in poverty
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    The I.C. absolutely must have all the resources they need to investigate all sources of danger, including DJT! Also, cyberwar is the preferred method of many countries and we must guard against it! Move with the times.
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    Fiscal responsibility requires at least a modicum of transparency. This is the very opposite of what we need from our government. Obviously, because of the sensitive nature of intelligence activities, detailed accounting is unwise, but a blank check is every bit as unwise.
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    Help IMPEACH THE MOST IGNORANT PRESIDENT IN OUR HISTORY,PLEASE 5th GRADER ARE SMART AND NOT LIARS,CROOKS,AND DOWN RIGHT STUPID.!!!!!!!!
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    Yes! We need a strong intelligence community to protect our country's interests.
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    Top Secret? What a load. No details, no vote.
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    ABSOLUTELY!!! The Trump Administration is reckless, foolish, and STUPID! Someone has to protect this country because it isn't Donald Trump and Company, or the GOP in Congress who is letting a maniac control the red button just because they think they will be able to stick it to the people while making money for themselves!!
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    Where are the details?
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    I would like to support this bill because I know that our intelligence agencies are trying to keep us safe. The problem is that we know through leaks that intelligence agencies like as the NSA are engaging in unconstitutional activities where they are collecting all of our metadata. Until we get assurances that these activities will stop, I cannot support a funding bill for these intelligence agencies when we have no idea what most of the money is being used for.
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    $5 and his minions need to be kept in check. Transparency is not their strong suit....putting it mildly!
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    It is Impossible to have a CIA do its job except in Total Secrecy. The job is to vet the opponents without their knowledge they are being vetted. The methods and sources can only work if secret. Therefore any budget must be secret since it would expose method, persons and sources. We live in a dangerous world. I am skeptical of some of the agency's work but must yield for security. That we have a Intelligence Committee monitoring will have to be enough
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    Stop funding deep state activities, and I want to see that budget as transparent as a bay window
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    If the GOP Trumpians have their way, they will gut every single agency of the government, then Putin and his minions can laugh themselves silly and take over the Balkans and all of Eastern Europe, while we scramble about with our thumbs up our.... We need some agencies. The CIA, FBI, etc are important players nationally and internationally, and to defund them is to dismantle them. And then we're all up shit creek.
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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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