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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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Jacksonplant'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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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 17th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 397 Yea / 31 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedJune 26th, 2019

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Bill Activity

  • IntroReferral
    Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Select Committee on Intelligence.
  • Floor
    Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H5978-5980)
  • Floor
    The Clerk was authorized to correct section numbers, punctuation, and cross references, and to make other necessary technical and conforming corrections in the engrossment of H.R. 3494.
  • Floor
    The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
  • Floor
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • Floor
    On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 397 - 31 (Roll no. 492).
  • Floor
    The House adopted the amendments en gross as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
  • Floor
    The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
  • Floor
    The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 3494.
  • Floor
    The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
  • Floor
    Considered as unfinished business.
  • Floor
    Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 3494 as unfinished business.
  • Floor
    On motion that the committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
  • Floor
    Mr. Schiff moved that the committee rise.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 491, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Crow amendment No. 31.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 491, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Omar amendment No. 29.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 491, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Yoho amendment No. 28.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 491, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Yoho amendment No. 27.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 491, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Schiff amendment No. 26.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 491, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Schiff amendment No. 25.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 491, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Pence amendment No. 24.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 491, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Rose (NY) amendment No. 23.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 491, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Rose (NY) amendment No. 22.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 491, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Schiff amendment No. 21.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 491, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Schiff amendment No. 20.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 491, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Levin (MI) amendment No. 19.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 491, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Hill (CA) amendment No. 18.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 491, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kinzinger amendment No. 17.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 491, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Brindisi amendment No. 16.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 491, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Murphy amendment No. 15.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 491, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Murphy amendment No. 14.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 491, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jayapal amendment No. 13.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 491, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Rice amendment No. 12.
  • Floor
    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Kennedy amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Conaway demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings until a time to be announced.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 491, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kennedy amendment No. 11.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 491, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Frankel amendment No. 10.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 491, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Case amendment No. 9.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 491, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Schiff amendment No. 8.
  • Floor
    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Chabot amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Chabot demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings until a time to be announced.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 491, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Chabot amendment No. 7.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 491, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Ruppersberger amendment No. 6.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 491, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Thompson (MS) amendment No. 5.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 491, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Hurd amendment No. 4.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 491, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Caron (IN) amendment No. 3.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 491, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Stewart amendment No. 2.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 491, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Stewart amendment No. 1.
  • Floor
    GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 3494.
  • Floor
    The Speaker designated the Honorable Jared Huffman to act as Chairman of the Committee.
  • Floor
    House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 491 and Rule XVIII.
  • Floor
    Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 3494 and H. Res. 489 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. The resolution provides for consideration of H.R. 3494 under a structured rule; provides for consideration of a resolution relating to House Report 116-125, if called up by direction of the Committee on Overisight and Reform; provides for consideration of a joint resolution reported by the Committee on Foreign Affairs regarding the Arms Export Control Act; provides for consideration of H. Res. 489.
  • Floor
    Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 491. (consideration: CR H5858-5910; text of amendment in the nature of a substitute: CR H5861-5887)
  • Floor
    Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 491 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 3494 and H. Res. 489 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. The resolution provides for consideration of H.R. 3494 under a structured rule; provides for consideration of a resolution relating to House Report 116-125, if called up by direction of the Committee on Overisight and Reform; provides for consideration of a joint resolution reported by the Committee on Foreign Affairs regarding the Arms Export Control Act; provides for consideration of H. Res. 489.
  • Calendars
    Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 113.
  • Discharge
    Committee on Ways and Means discharged.
  • IntroReferral
    Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means for a period ending not later than July 11, 2019 for consideration of such provisions of the bill and amendment as fall within the jurisdiction of that committee pursuant to clause 1(t) of rule X.
  • Committee
    Reported (Amended) by the Committee on 116-151, Part I.
  • IntroReferral
    Referred to the House Committee on Intelligence (Permanent Select).

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 17th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 397 Yea / 31 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedJune 26th, 2019

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Updated info... update our info. My protection against cyber attacks, beef up security
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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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    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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    National security is of utmost importance.
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    As long as Donald the destroyer doesn’t interfere!
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    Security of our nation from outside threats are of prime importance!
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