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H.R. 5019 (115th): CLEARANCES Act

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About the bill

Under current law, President Trump — or any president — can keep White House employees with interim security clearances on staff indefinitely without notifying Congress. That could change under a new bill.


In February, it was revealed that dozens of White House officials continued to operate with only interim — rather than permanent — security clearances. These interim clearances included access to information as important as the Presidential Daily Briefing, the single most highly classified document the president views for at least one staffer.

This was made public as a result of the Rob Porter scandal, in which the White House Staff Secretary resigned after domestic violence allegations were made public.

What the bill does

The CLEARANCES Act would mandate a quarterly report on who has been issued security clearances at the White ...

Sponsor and status

Ted Lieu

Sponsor. Representative for California's 33rd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 14, 2018
Length: 5 pages
Feb 14, 2018
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on February 14, 2018, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.



Feb 14, 2018

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 5019 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 5019. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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