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H.R. 695: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018

This was a vote to pass H.R. 695 in the House. The federal budget process occurs in two stages: appropriations and authorizations. This is an appropriations bill, which sets overall spending limits by agency or program, typically for a single fiscal year (October 1 through September 30 of the next year).

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, which would fund the military through the end of the current fiscal year, Sept. 30, 2018.

H.R. 695 began as a bill on an unrelated matter. It became the defense spending bill when the House voted on Jan. 30, 2018 to replace the bill's text with the defense spending bill.

Original summary

Our original summary, which was the Republican Policy Committee summary of the original bill, follows

H.R. 695 directs the Department of Justice to establish a program to allow organizations that provide services to youth, the elderly, and the disabled to obtain information from criminal background checks in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fingerprint database. Specifically, the legislation ensures these organizations have access to the FBI’s fingerprint searches in a timely and effective manner and protects privacy rights by ensuring that specific information of a criminal record is not disclosed without the explicit consent of the volunteer or employee.

Under current law, organizations in certain states that provide services to youth, the elderly, and the disabled have limited access to information from national criminal background checks. Currently, many organizations only have access to request state-level background check systems.

This legislation builds on the success of the PROTECT Act’s Child Safety Pilot which ran from 2003 until 2011. The pilot provided access to FBI fingerprint background checks for a variety of child-serving non-profits. The pilot conducted over 105,000 background checks and 6.2% of potential volunteers were found to have criminal records of concern – over 6,500 individuals. In addition, over 40% of individuals with criminal records of concern had crimes in states other than where they were applying to volunteer – meaning that only a nationwide check would have flagged these individuals’ criminal records. The criminal offenses among some of these applicants included convictions for criminal sexual conduct with a child, child endangerment, and manslaughter.

Totals

All Votes R D
Yea 58%
 
 
250
227
 
23
 
Nay 39%
 
 
166
4
 
162
 
Not Voting 3%
 
 
14
6
 
8
 

Date: Jan 30, 2018

Question: Concurring in the Senate Amendment in the House

Required: Simple Majority

Result: Passed

Source: house.gov

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