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house Bill H.R. 4239

Should Intelligence Agencies Report to Congress About Foreign Fighters in Terror Groups?

Argument in favor

The intelligence community needs to track American citizens and other foreign fighters that go to terrorist safe havens to prevent them from carrying out attacks on the U.S.

BTSundra's Opinion
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12/16/2015
This seems like something that should have even done a while ago.
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Cary's Opinion
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12/16/2015
Additional information from the intelligence community about the flow of foreign fighters to the congressional intelligence committee is vital to making sound decisions. This bill seems like common sense.
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Wes's Opinion
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12/17/2015
Ok folks. If this is being debated, or hasn't already been policy for decades, then our Congress is a group of inept, incompetent, corrupt idiots and should be replaced adapt.
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Argument opposed

There is no need for this bill because intelligence agencies already routinely compile reports on the number of American citizens and foreign fighters working with terror groups.

Steven's Opinion
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12/16/2015
I'm retired military intelligence and I can say from first hand experience that this is too far down in the weeds for congress to concern themselves with. With multiple organizations in multiple countries the shear numbers of people congress would have to keep straight would be overwhelming. Imagine having the police report to congress about the whereabouts and activities of every street level drug dealer on every corner in the country now multiply that number buy all the countries in the world! Even if it was the only responsibility they had, and as Congressman it won't be! Then, what would they do with this information? It would still fall on the Military or one of the 3 letter organizations (CIA, DIA, etc.) to do something about any potential threats. Which is what they're already doing now! They don't need politicians peeking over their shoulder and second guessing them! This bill has STUPID, written all over it! Not just no but hell no!
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David's Opinion
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12/17/2015
Congress can't keep secrets. Also they shouldn't try to be in law enforcement--that job is part of the Presidents duties.
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Lesia's Opinion
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12/16/2015
Once AGAIN aren't u already doing this? If not, why not? We're not tracking terrorists? WTH????
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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 December 16th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 423 Yea / 0 Nay
    IntroducedDecember 11th, 2015

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Bill Activity

  • action
    Introduced in House
  • referral
    Referred to the House Committee on Intelligence (Permanent Select).
  • action
    Mr. LoBiondo moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
  • action
    Considered under suspension of the rules.
  • action
    DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4239.
  • action
    At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
  • action
    Considered as unfinished business.
  • vote
    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 423 - 0 (Roll no. 700).
  • action
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • referral
    Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Select Committee on Intelligence.

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 December 16th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 423 Yea / 0 Nay
    IntroducedDecember 11th, 2015

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    This seems like something that should have even done a while ago.
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    I'm retired military intelligence and I can say from first hand experience that this is too far down in the weeds for congress to concern themselves with. With multiple organizations in multiple countries the shear numbers of people congress would have to keep straight would be overwhelming. Imagine having the police report to congress about the whereabouts and activities of every street level drug dealer on every corner in the country now multiply that number buy all the countries in the world! Even if it was the only responsibility they had, and as Congressman it won't be! Then, what would they do with this information? It would still fall on the Military or one of the 3 letter organizations (CIA, DIA, etc.) to do something about any potential threats. Which is what they're already doing now! They don't need politicians peeking over their shoulder and second guessing them! This bill has STUPID, written all over it! Not just no but hell no!
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    Additional information from the intelligence community about the flow of foreign fighters to the congressional intelligence committee is vital to making sound decisions. This bill seems like common sense.
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    Congress can't keep secrets. Also they shouldn't try to be in law enforcement--that job is part of the Presidents duties.
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    Only if they play it on C-Span...
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    Reports are currently being made about this very issue, we don't need this "special" report, when it's already being produced.
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    It's hard to sit here and support this with out knowing the cost to implement. Especially, with the expediency to which it would take place.
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    No more surveillance.
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    Once AGAIN aren't u already doing this? If not, why not? We're not tracking terrorists? WTH????
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    Congress cannot be trusted. They are political hacks who leaked information.
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    No! Let these agencies do their job. Don't need the PC police, (Congress) meddling. And, if you can't give a cost estimate you can't budget for it!
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    Loud-mouthed, publicity-seeking politicians cannot be trusted to keep national security information quiet.
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    Yes Congress needs to know!
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    Yes, the Federal Agencies receive direction from the Congress. Therefore Congress should be informed even if POTUS disagrees.
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    Why shouldn't we?
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    Anyone affiliated in these acts are not looking that far down the road. at the snail's pace the government works, the info will be outdated before effective.
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    Ok folks. If this is being debated, or hasn't already been policy for decades, then our Congress is a group of inept, incompetent, corrupt idiots and should be replaced adapt.
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    This bill implies that this doesn't already happen... Seems like an attempt to skirt some checks and balances to me.
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    No. The military should manage our threats with our elected officials
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    Definitely!
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