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H.R. 804 (115th): Protect the National Security Council From Political Interference Act of 2017

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 1, 2017 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.

Summary of this bill

Among President Trump’s closest advisors is Stephen Bannon, a leader of the alt-right movement and co-founder of Breitbart, one of the most popular websites for the ideology. He served as chief executive of Trump’s campaign and now serves as chief strategist to the president. Many critics believe that he’s racist, misogynist, and xenophobic. Bannon, for what it’s worth, denies the validity of attacks Democrats level against him, calling himself an “economic nationalist” in response to critics who called him a “white nationalist.”

A few weeks ago, Bannon was appointed a regular attendee of National Security Council (NSC) meetings. The top-secret advisory board for the president has never regularly featured somebody …



1st Session

H. R. 804


February 1, 2017

(for herself, Ms. Velázquez, Mr. Beyer, Mr. Higgins of New York, Ms. Clarke of New York, Ms. Clark of Massachusetts, Ms. Bordallo, Mr. Blumenauer, Ms. Meng, Mr. Scott of Virginia, Mr. Moulton, Ms. McCollum, Mr. Vargas, Ms. Moore, Mr. Schrader, Ms. Rosen, Ms. Lee, Mr. Foster, Mr. Garamendi, Mr. Cárdenas, Ms. Shea-Porter, Mr. Kind, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Ms. Castor of Florida, Mr. Tonko, Mr. Serrano, Mr. Welch, Ms. Speier, Mr. Cuellar, Ms. Pingree, Mr. Cicilline, Ms. Bonamici, Mr. Ted Lieu of California, Mr. Nadler, Mr. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, Ms. Matsui, Mr. Crowley, Mr. Himes, Mr. DeFazio, Mr. Cohen, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Soto, Mr. Costa, Mr. Ruppersberger, Ms. Sinema, Ms. Judy Chu of California, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Kilmer, Mr. Raskin, Mr. Brown of Maryland, Mr. Smith of Washington, Mr. Polis, Mr. Correa, Mr. Evans, Ms. Brownley of California, Ms. Roybal-Allard, Mr. Takano, and Mr. Swalwell of California) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services, and in addition to the Committees on Foreign Affairs, and Intelligence (Permanent Select), for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


To amend the National Security Act of 1947 to protect the National Security Council from political interference, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Protect the National Security Council From Political Interference Act of 2017.


Protection of National Security Council from political interference


Limitation on National Security Council membership

Section 101(c) of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 3021) is amended—


in paragraph (2), by striking The President may designate and inserting Except as provided in paragraph (3), the President may designate; and


by adding at the end the following new paragraph:


Prohibition on membership of political officers

The President may not designate any individual whose primary or predominant responsibility is political in nature to serve as a member of the Council or otherwise to regularly attend or participate in meetings of the Council or meetings convened under the auspices of the Council, including Principals Committee meetings.



Sense of Congress

It is the sense of Congress that no limitations should be imposed on the ability of the Director of National Intelligence or the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, or their designees, to attend any Principals Committee meeting convened under the auspices of the National Security Council or any other senior interagency meeting convened for the purpose of considering policy issues that affect the national security interests of the United States.