|TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2019
Floor Schedule and Procedures
This resolution was introduced yesterday by Rep. Malinowski. The text can be found here.
The Rule provides for one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on the Judiciary.
This bill authorizes funding and enables comprehensive congressional oversight of elements of the U.S. Intelligence Community and was passed unanimously in the Committee on June 27, 2019.
Fact sheet from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence can be found here.
The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order 31 amendments. A full list of amendments can be found here. Amendment descriptions can be found below.
Burgess Amendment #1
Adds the House Energy and Commerce and Senate HELP committees as recipients of a briefing from the Director of National Intelligence on the effects of emerging infectious disease and pandemics on national security.
Burgess Amendment #2
Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security, in collaboration with the Director of National Intelligence, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and appropriate private entities to undertake an effort to remove or neutralize unauthorized IMSI catchers – devices designed to intercept identifying information of nearby cell phones – installed by foreign entities or that have an unknown attribution in the United States.
Safeguards the logistics supply chains, such as for microchips, by mandating a report within 180 days for strengthening the supply chain intelligence function. Requires the report to address workforce personnel matters, outline budgetary resource needs, and describe the necessary governance structure and authorities for future implementation. This is a companion to a bipartisan amendment to the Senate NDAA.
Hurd (TX) / Spanberger Amendment
Directs the Director of National Intelligence to make assessments regarding drug trafficking, human trafficking, and human smuggling in the Northern Triangle (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador) and Mexico and review U.S. intelligence activities in the region.
Thompson (MS) Amendment
Imposes additional reporting requirements in the domestic terrorism strategic assessment, including information on Federal compliance with applicable privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties policies and protections, including protections against the public release of personally identifiable information of individuals involved in domestic terrorist incidents, investigations, indictments, prosecutions, or convictions. Includes provisions to improve data quality and information regarding domestic terrorist incidents.
Authorizes a pilot program identifying new classes of security vulnerabilities and researching technology to address cyber security threats to the energy grid.
Strikes section 401 of the bill which establishes the Climate Security Advisory Council under the Director of National Intelligence.
Green (TX) Amendment
Requires the Director of National Intelligence to submit a report to Congress that includes aggregate demographic data and other information regarding the IC’s diversity and inclusion efforts.
Requires a report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s Office of Civil Liberties, Privacy and Transparency, in coordination with civil liberties and privacy officers of elements of the Intelligence Community, to report on the impacts of policies and practices addressing China’s espionage and influence operations in the United States on policies and practices relating to the privacy and civil liberties of Chinese-Americans.
Requires the Director of National Intelligence to submit an intelligence assessment on the relationship between women and violent extremism and terrorism.
Establishes the Foreign Threat Response Center, comprised of analysts from all elements of the Intelligence Community, to provide comprehensive assessments of foreign efforts to influence the United States’ political processes and elections by the Governments of Russia, Iran, North Korea, China, and any other foreign country the Director determines appropriate.
Rice (NY) Amendment
Adds the Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Intelligence and Analysis into the report on possible exploitation of virtual currencies by terrorist actors and requires the report’s dissemination to state and local law enforcement.
Requires the Director of National Intelligence to submit a report to Congress on the use of facial recognition technology by the Intelligence Community. Also, expresses the Sense of Congress that the use of facial recognition technology to suppress criticism or dissent is contrary to the values of the United States and that the U.S. government should not sell or transfer facial recognition technology to any country that is using such technology to suppress human rights.
Murphy Amendment #14
Adds a new section to Title VII (Report on Foreign Weaponization of Deepfakes and Deepfake Technology and Related Notifications) requiring the Director of National Intelligence to prepare an unclassified report for Congress on the potential impact to U.S. national security from the use of Deepfake technology – technology using artificial intelligence to fabricate photorealistic false videos – by foreign governments (especially the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China), including foreign intelligence services, foreign government-affiliated entities, and foreign individuals.
Murphy Amendment #15
Adds a new section to Title V (Sense of Congress and Report on Iranian Effort in Syria) requiring the Director of National Intelligence, in coordination with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense, to prepare an unclassified report for Congress on efforts by Iran to establish long-term influence in Syria through military, political, economic, social, and cultural means, and the threat posed by such efforts to U.S. interests and allies, including Israel.
Clarifies that nothing in this act shall be construed to contradict existing law regarding acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries, providing material support to terrorists, and harboring or concealing terrorists.
Requires the Director of National Intelligence, in consultation with other relevant agencies, to study the threat of international mobile subscriber identity-catchers – devices designed to intercept identifying information of nearby cell phones – to U.S. Government personnel and national security and provide a report and policy recommendations to Congress.
Hill (CA) Amendment
Clarifies that existing law protects non-IC whistleblowers who provide classified disclosures to Congressional Committees.
Levin (MI) Amendment
Requires that a comprehensive report on domestic terrorism be made available on the public internet websites of the National Counterterrorism Center, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Homeland Security, no later than 30 days after submission to the appropriate congressional committees.
Expands a reporting requirement on repression by the Chinese government in Xinjiang province by requiring additional information on the contributions of external technologies and financial support provided by U.S.-based companies to the Xinjiang authorities’ repression activities.
Requires the Director of National Intelligence, the Director of the FBI, and the Undersecretary of DHS for Intelligence to include information regarding training and resources provided to assist Federal, State, Local and Tribal law enforcement agencies in understanding, detecting, deterring and investigating acts of domestic terrorism.
Rose Amendment #22
Requires the Department of Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis to conduct an annual assessment regarding the availability of conventional weapons, including weapons lacking serial numbers, and advanced conventional weapons for use in furthering acts of terrorism, including the provision of material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization and to individuals or groups supporting or engaging in domestic terrorism.
Rose Amendment #23
Requires the Director of National Intelligence, in coordination with the Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Intelligence and Analysis, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Director of the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency to conduct an assessment of homeland security vulnerabilities associated with retired and former personnel of intelligence community providing intelligence assistance to, or for the benefit of, the government of a foreign country or indirectly to, or for the benefit, of such a government through a company or other entity.
Pence / Gallego Amendment
Allows victims and families of the 1983 terrorist attack at the U.S. Marine Corps Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon to seize Iranian funds to satisfy a court judgment. Requires the Director of National Intelligence to submit a report to Congress to assess the current threats posed by known terrorist organizations affiliated with the Iranian government against U.S. military assets and personnel.
Slotkin Amendment #25
Directs the Director of National Intelligence to submit a report on authorities and resources needed and barriers to identifying foreign influence efforts aimed at sowing discord or interfering, or both, in the political processes of the United States.
Requires the National Counterintelligence and Security Center to carry out an annual report on the influence operations and campaigns in the United States conducted by the Russian Federation.
Yoho Amendment #27
Includes within the report on 5G technology, reporting on the threat to national security of the United States posed by telecommunications companies that are subject to the jurisdiction of a foreign adversary.
Yoho Amendment #28
Requires the Director of National Intelligence, in coordination with the Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Intelligence and Analysis, to submit a report on domestic terrorism activity within the United States to the congressional intelligence committees.
Omar Amendment #29
Requires a report on the Terrorist Screening Database – the central terrorist watchlist consolidated by the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center – within 180 days after the enactment of the Intelligence Authorization Act.
Omar Amendment #30
Strikes section (f) “Repeal of Reports Relating to Entertainment Industry”, on lines 9 through 12 on page 71 of the Act.
Adds a Sense of Congress that the U.S. should prioritize the safe return of all Americans, including those wrongfully held by foreign governments, and provide assistance to foreign individuals detained abroad that have contributed to U.S. national security.
|QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“America’s answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.”