H.Res. 388: H.R. 2082 – Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY A RECORD VOTE OF 8-3 on Wednesday May 9, 2007.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY A RECORD VOTE OF 226-198 AFTER AGREEING TO THE PREVIOUS QUESTION BY THE YEAS AND NAYS 223-199 on Thursday May 10, 2007.

MANAGERS: HASTINGS(FL)/HASTINGS(WA)

110th Congress 
1st Session

H.RES.  388

[Report No. 110-144]

 

 

H.R. 2082 – Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008

  1. Structured rule.
  2. Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
  3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except for those arising under clause 9 of Rule XXI.
  4. Provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment and shall be considered as read.
  5. Waives all points of order against the committee amendment except for those arising under clause 9 of Rule XXI.
  6. Makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution.
  7. Provides that the amendments made in order may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole.
  8. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report except for those arising under clause 9 or 10 of Rule XXI.
  9. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
  10. Provides that, notwithstanding the operation of the previous question, the Chair may postpone further consideration of the bill to a time designated by the Speaker.

 

RESOLUTION

   Resolved, That at any time after the adoption of this resolution the Speaker may, pursuant to clause 2(b) of rule XVIII, declare the House resolved into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2082) to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2008 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.  The first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with.  All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived except those arising under clause 9 of Rule XXI.  General debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule.  It shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence now printed in the bill.  The committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read.  All points of order against the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived except those arising under clause 9 of Rule XXI.  Notwithstanding clause 11 of rule XVIII, no amendment to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution.  Each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole.  All points of order against such amendments are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.  At the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the Committee shall rise and report the bill to the House with such amendments as may have been adopted.  Any Member may demand a separate vote in the House on any amendment adopted in the Committee of the Whole to the bill or to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.  The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

   Sec. 2. During consideration in the House of H.R. 2082 pursuant to this resolution, notwithstanding the operation of the previous question, the Chair may postpone further consideration of the bill to such time as may be designated by the Speaker.

 

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS TO BE MADE IN ORDER

(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors) 

1. Flake (AZ) #11

 

The amendment would strike subsection (b) of section 308, which places a restriction on community management funds until a strategic plan to increase diversity is submitted to the Intelligence Committees. 

 (10 minutes)

2. Hoekstra (MI) #4

The amendment would strike section 407, which requires that a National Intelligence Estimate on global climate change be submitted to Congress.

 (10 minutes)

3. Holt (NJ) #2

 

The amendment would amend the reporting requirement in the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (codified in Sec. 603 of the National Security Act) to include a requirement that the President, based on information from the Director of National Intelligence, provide Congress with an assessment of the need for any modification to existing law to improve legal protection for covert agents.

 (10 minutes)

4. Thompson, Mike (CA) #15

 

(REVISED)  The amendment requires that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence submit a report to the Congressional Intelligence committees, no later than 120 days after enactment, that provides: (1) the number of collectors and analysts, by agency, and (2) a plan to maximize the number of collectors and decrease the number of personnel authorized to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

 (10 minutes)

5. Rogers, Mike (MI)/Hastings (FL) #5

The amendment would place a limit on the number of personnel in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).  ODNI would only be authorized the number of personnel as were serving in the office on May 1, 2007. 

 (10 minutes)

6. Fossella (NY) #16

 

The amendment authorizes $5 million for a study conducted by DHS and the Director of National Intelligence to identify the best practices for sharing terrorist-threat information between the Federal, State, and local levels of government. It also authorizes $10 million to establish centers of best practices based on the study with $3 million authorized for the following five years to cover operational expenses of the centers.

 (10 minutes)

 

 

7. Lee (CA) #3

 

The amendment requires a report to House and Senate Intelligence committees describing any authorization granted during the past 10 years to engage in intelligence activities related to the overthrow of a democratically elected government.

 (10 minutes)

8. Price, David (NC) #9

 

The amendment would require the Director of National Intelligence to submit a report on the uses of contractors for personal services activities. The report would examine the functions currently performed by contractors, regulations regarding training and vetting standards, costs savings achieved by the use of contractors, and activities that are appropriate or inappropriate for performance by contractors.

 (10 minutes)

9. Berkley (NV) #1

The amendment requires the Director of National Intelligence to submit to Congress a report on the advisability of providing Federal retirement benefits to employees of Air America.

 (10 minutes)

10. Schiff (CA)/Flake (AZ) #14

 

The amendment states that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA) shall be the exclusive means by which domestic electronic surveillance for the purpose of gathering foreign intelligence information may be conducted, and makes clear that this applies until specific statutory authorization for electronic surveillance, other than as an amendment to FISA, is enacted.   

 (10 minutes)

 

TEXT OF AMENDMENTS TO BE MADE IN ORDER

1. Flake (AZ) #11

2. Hoekstra (MI) #4

3. Holt (NJ) #2

4. Thompson, Mike (CA) #15

5. Rogers, Mike (MI)/Hastings (FL) #5

6. Fossella (NY) #16

7. Lee (CA) #3

8. Price, David (NC) #9

9. Berkley (NV) #1

10. Schiff(CA)/Flake (AZ)#14