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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 ...

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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


Introduced on Feb 14, 2018

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on February 14, 2018. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


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Feb 14, 2018

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

Ordered Reported

Passed House (Senate next)

Passed Senate

Signed by the President

H.R. 5019 is 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.

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“H.R. 5019 — 115th Congress: CLEARANCES Act.” 2018. September 22, 2018 <>

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