H.Res. 618: H.R. 2701 – Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY A RECORD VOTE of 8-2 on Wednesday,  July 8, 2009.
FLOOR ACTION: LAID ON THE TABLE PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF H. Res. 645 on  Tuesday, July 15, 2009.

MANAGERS: Hastings/Dreier

111th Congress 
1st Session

H.RES 618

[Report No. 111-194]

 

H.R. 2701 – Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010

  1. Structured rule.
  1. Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
  1. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except those arising under clause 9 of rule XXI.
  1. 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.
  1. Waives all points of order against the committee amendment.  This waiver does not affect the point of order available under clause 9 of rule XXI (regarding earmark disclosure).
  1. Makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution.
  1. 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.
  1. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.
  1. Provides for the reporting to the House of the amendment in the nature of a substitute, as amended, and the ordering of the previous question on the bill and amendments except one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
  1. Provides that the Chair may entertain a motion that the Committee rise only if offered by the chair of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence or a designee.
  1. Provides that the Chair may not entertain a motion to strike out the enacting words of the bill (as described in clause 9 of rule XVIII).
  1. Provides that during consideration of the bill, the Chair may reduce to two minutes the minimum time for electronic voting under clause 6 of rule XVIII and clauses 8 and 9 of rule XX.

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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. 2701) to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2010 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 chair 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. 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.  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. The Chair may entertain a motion that the Committee rise only if offered by the chair of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence or his designee. The Chair may not entertain a motion to strike out the enacting words of the bill (as described in clause 9 of rule XVIII).

       Sec. 3. During consideration of H.R. 2701, the Chair may reduce to two minutes the minimum time for electronic voting under clause 6 of rule XVIII and clauses 8 and 9 of rule XX.

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS TO BE MADE IN ORDER

1. Reyes (TX)

Would correct a dollar figure in section 104 to comport with the amount listed in the classified Schedule of Authorizations, instruct the FBI to consult with the Secretary of State in the drafting of a study on U.S. law enforcement in foreign countries, and provide that the President must submit a plan on Guantanamo Bay detainees to Congress (not just the congressional defense committees).

(10 minutes)

2. Rogers, Mike (MI)

Would add sense of Congress language honoring those in the U.S. intelligence community.

(10 minutes)

3. Langevin (RI)

Would require the Director of National Intelligence to conduct a study and report to Congress on the cyberoperations workforce of the intelligence community, including assessments on workforce capabilities, recruiting, retention, and professional development, as well as strategies to collaborate with industry and academia to improve cybersecurity for critical infrastructure, the defense industrial base, and financial networks.  The President may submit a certification to Congress that the objectives of the strategies have been met.

(10 minutes)

4. Castle (DE)/
Lynch (MA)

Would require the President, through the Treasury Secretary, to submit the report to Congress on terrorism financing required under section 6303(a) of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorist Prevention Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-458).

(10 minutes)

5. Hinchey (NY)

Would instruct the Director of National Intelligence to submit a report on information in the possession of the intelligence community with regard to the human rights violations of the Argentine military government from the mid-1970's until the mid-1980's.  It also would instruct the inclusion of an appendix of declassified documents used for the report and authorize the inclusion of a classified annex.

(10 minutes)

6. Kirk (IL)/
Klein, Ron (FL)

Would require the Director of National Intelligence to submit to Congress a National Intelligence Estimate on (1) the production and sale of narcotics in support of international terrorism by Mexican drug cartels, and (2) operations outside of the United States that support major drug production or sale operations inside the United States.

(10 minutes)

7. Andrews (NJ)

Would express the sense of Congress that the Director of National Intelligence should encourage foreign nations to increase penalties for unlawfully transporting nuclear material and that foreign nations should share information with the United States regarding the amount of nuclear material produced, secured, and unsecured by such foreign nations.

(10 minutes)

8. Welch (VT)

Would amend a study to be done by the Director of National Intelligence on the feasibility of employing those who served as interpreters or translators for the U.S. military or government in Iraq or Afghanistan by broadening the study to include those who served as interpreters or translators for U.S.-based media outlets and are lawfully in the United States.

(10 minutes)

9. Childers (MS)

Would require that a report to Congress under the National Security Act include information on the chemical and biological weapons programs of Iran, Syria, and North Korea.

(10 minutes)

10. Boccieri (OH)

Would require the DNI to report to Congress on the dissemination of critical counterterrorism information from the intelligence community to local law enforcement agencies, including recommendations for improving the means of communication of such information to local law enforcement agencies.

(10 minutes)

11. Giffords (AZ)

Would require the Director of National Intelligence to report to Congress on the contravention of United Nations sanctions with respect to Iran and the involvement of Iran in terrorist financing and money laundering.

(10 minutes)

12. Kissell, Larry (NC)

Would require NSA to report to Congress on the strategy of the National Security Agency for securing the Department of Defense's networks within the intelligence community.

(10 minutes)

13. Kosmas (FL)

Would require a report by the Director of National Intelligence on the steps the Coast Guard has taken to ensure that intelligence information related to maritime and port security is effectively disseminated to local port authorities.

(10 minutes)

14. Markey, Betsy (CO)

Would require the reports on nuclear weapons programs of Iran, Syria, and North Korea to include a summary of any intelligence regarding persons or organizations providing assistance, capabilities, intelligence, or materials to further develop nuclear weapons programs in each country.

(10 minutes)