H.R. 2596: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016

This was a vote to pass H.R. 2596 in the House. The federal budget process occurs in two stages: appropriations and authorizations. This is an authorization bill, which directs how federal funds should or should not be used. (It does not set overall spending limits, however, which are the subject of appropriations bills.) Authorizations are typically made for single fiscal years (October 1 through September 30 of the next year) but are often renewed in subsequent law.

The Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (IAA), H.R. 2596, was passed by the House on June 16. The IAA would authorize funding for intelligence-related agencies such as the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was passed with 15 amendments accepted and one rejected (see summaries below). The vote was 247-178, with 216 supporting Republicans and 153 opposing Democrats, and the bill goes to the Senate next.

Accepted: All of the accepted amendments to the IAA on June 16 were agreed to by voice vote. The amendments were comprised of assorted non-controversial legislation such as requirements for the Director of National Intelligence to report to Congress and design a strategy to combat ISIS. You can read more about these amendments here.

Rejected: H.Amdt. 513 would have struck four provisions of the bill that would further prevent the closing of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp. It was rejected with a vote of 176-246. The vote followed party lines, with support from Democrats and opposition from Republicans.

Congress
114th Congress
Date
Jun 16, 2015
Chamber
House
Number
#369
Question:
On Passage of the Bill in the House
Result:
Passed

Key: R Aye D Aye R No D No
Seat position based on our ideology score.
This is a cartogram. Each hexagon represents one congressional district.
Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Aye 247
 
 
57%
216 31
  No 178
 
 
41%
25 153
Not Voting 8
 
 
2%
4 4
Required: Simple Majority source: house.gov

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