House Passes Intelligence Authorization Act

H.R. 1892 passed the House by an overwhelming 384-14. The bill authorizes the non-classified expenditure of $590 million for the intelligence services, and also mandates that the Director of the National Security Agency shall be a Senate confirmed position (which is now a direct appointment by the President without Senate approval).

Three Republicans, Amash (MI-3), Duncan (TN-2), and Gibson (NY-20) joined eleven Democrats in opposition to the bill. The measure remains on the Senate Calendar for ratification.

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