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S. 1470: Countering Foreign Interference with Our Armed Forces Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 28, 2017 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1470

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 28, 2017

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services

A BILL

To protect members of our Armed Forces from Russian and other foreign interference, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Countering Foreign Interference with Our Armed Forces Act.

2.

Annual report on attempts of the Russian Federation to provide disinformation and propaganda to members of the Armed Forces by social media

(a)

Annual report required

Not later than March 31 each year, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report on attempts by the Russian Federation, or any foreign person acting as an agent of or on behalf of the Russian Federation, during the preceding year to knowingly disseminate Russian Federation-supported disinformation or propaganda, through social media applications or related Internet-based means, to members of the Armed Forces with probable intent to cause injury to the United States or advantage the Government of the Russian Federation.

(b)

Form

Each report under this section shall be submitted in unclassified form, but may include a classified annex.

3.

Annual reports on approval of employment or compensation of retired general or flag officers by foreign governments for Emoluments Clause purposes

(a)

Annual reports

Section 908 of title 37, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(d)

Annual reports on approvals for retired general and flag officers

(1)

Not later than January 31 each year, the Secretaries of the military departments and the Secretary of State shall jointly submit to the appropriate committees and Members of Congress a report on each approval under subsection (b) for employment or compensation described in subsection (a) for a retired member of the armed forces in a general or flag officer grade that was issued during the preceding year.

(2)

In this subsection, the appropriate committees and Members of Congress are—

(A)

the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on Foreign Relations, and the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate;

(B)

the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives;

(C)

the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader of the Senate; and

(D)

the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.

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(b)

Scope of first report

The first report submitted pursuant to subsection (d) of section 908 of title 37, United States Code (as added by subsection (a) of this section), after the date of the enactment of this Act shall cover the five-year period ending with the year before the year in which such report is submitted.